post hospital care

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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Having a loved one in the hospital can be very stressful, and repeat hospital stays make your caregiving experience seem like an emotional rollercoaster. Bringing your loved one home is a relief, but it can cause a lot of worry. What can you do to keep your loved one at home and ensure their well-being? Here are seven actions that can make the difference between continuing recovery at home and returning to the hospital. 

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Being readmitted to the hospital is a common health risk among older adults. Some statistics show that as many as one-fifth of seniors are re-hospitalized within 30 days of returning home, usually with a different condition than they were originally admitted for. When an elderly loved one comes home from the hospital, whether it is after a prolonged illness or injury, it’s important for family members to take steps to provide the best senior care possible. 

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