Hospital readmission is an all too common occurrence. 1 in 8 seniors is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged following surgery. Many times it can be due to factors in the hands of the hospital. There are ways for patients and their families to help prevent readmission though, including obtaining Providence in home care services.
Having adequate support and resources is the number one way patients can avoid an unnecessary trip back to the hospital. Home care agencies, like MAS Home Care in Providence, provide services that aid seniors in getting back on their feet by promoting independence, but offering assistance where it is needed. While home care does help individuals who are disabled or have chronic ailments and conditions that require daily care, in-home care is also beneficial for individuals leaving the hospital after an injury, sickness, or surgery. Stroke victims or a patient who has broken a hip or leg may require the help of a caregiver if a family member or friend is not available to help them with personal care or daily tasks.
One situation which often arises and can be the cause of hospital readmission is confusion with medication. Multiple prescriptions or changes in prescriptions can be difficult for some people to manage. Determining the time, amount, and what other medications a drug should not be taken with can be perplexing –and dangerous if taken inappropriately. Home care aides can provide medication reminders and management assistance to ensure safety. Another step to take is making sure the instructions for the medication are written down and explained thoroughly before leaving the hospital.
If you have a loved one who is leaving the hospital, make sure he or she able to prepare nutritious meals. Proper nutrition is important for health, especially after an illness or to heal after surgery. A return to the hospital may be the result of poor eating. If that is a task that they are not able to do right now, prepare meals for them that can be easily warmed, or hire a caregiver to tend to them at meal time.
MAS Home Care of Providence, RI is only a phone call away. Don’t wait until your loved one is back in the hospital. Contact Us today!
MAS Home Care provides in-home care services in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.