Reduce Hospital Readmissions with Home Care Services

????????????????????????????????????????Too many seniors are being left on their own to deal with recovery after surgery.  Hospital staff are notorious for communicating inadequate information to their patients and their families regarding post-acute care, and families are ill-equipped to deal with patient care that may require special training, such as changing a colostomy bag for a loved one who suffers from bowel cancer.  In this article, A-1 Home Care lists some of the reasons why hospital readmission is on the rise:

Insufficient information for care providersCaregivers receive inadequate information about their care recipients after the elderly are discharged from the hospital.  Gaps of important patient information leaves the caregiver in the dark about the patient’s specific after-care needs, resulting in failure to assist the patient in full recovery.

Lack of support for the elderly after hospital dischargeIn a poll of 200 surgeons, only 25% believe that vulnerable patients receive adequate support when they come home.  Due to lack of support, statistics show a 27% rise in hospital readmission just one month after discharge.

Inadequate planning processes provided by health care professionals.  Only 26% of surgeons who participated in a poll said that patients received thorough planning processes to ensure appropriate post-surgery care.

Limited access to help.  Even if the elderly received a long list of phone numbers they could call if they had any questions, they would not be able to reach many live operators if seniors are discharged on a weekend.

 

Until patient discharge practices improve, you are on your own to research post-surgery options for your loved one.  It is important not only to find a home care agency, but to find the right kind of home care agency that is licensed, bonded and insured, so that you will not receive home care services from questionable characters.  A-1 Home Care provides 24 hour post-surgery care and assistance with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, bathing, grooming, transportation to appointments, and so much more.

 

Please call (562) 929-8400 or visit us online http://www.downeyinhomecare.com to hire a caregiver, certified nurse assistant (C.N.A.), certified home health aide, or companion.  A-1 Home Care serves Downey, Pico Rivera, Whittier, Cerritos, La Habra, La Mirada, Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas. 

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