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With the uncertainty of living with COVID-19, the considerations for transitioning from hospital or rehab to home have changed considerably, particularly for seniors. Similarly, with safety in mind, many seniors are voluntarily transitioning from assisted or skilled nursing facilities to home under the care of a single caregiver to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. 

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A return to the hospital shortly after discharge is a great indication that the patient was not adequately prepared to go home. Taking the necessary steps to prevent post-hospital readmission not only helps individuals recover better and faster, but also reduces financial costs and can reduce the risk of future health concerns. Take time to take care of yourself or your loved ones by making sure communications about after-care are clear and the right level of support is being met. 

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Whether it’s for an injury, illness or surgery, being admitted to the hospital is sometimes unavoidable. However, making a return trip within 30 days can often be prevented, yet an estimated 20 percent of Medicare patients do just that. Not only does this trend have a negative impact on patients’ health, it costs the healthcare system billions of dollars each year, but a smart approach for transitioning from the hospital to a home care setting can lower the risk of readmission. 

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