Returning home from a hospital stay can result in unexpected challenges for many seniors. Finding themselves back at home after a hospital stay, many older adults struggle to manage their medications and make followup doctor’s appointments as well as obtain the physical assistance and inhome support they may require, at least on a temporary basis.
As a result, many older adults do not successfully make the transition home well and end up returning to the hospital. In fact, one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge. Studies have shown that nearly half of the re-admissions are linked to social problems and lack of access to community resources.
You can help ensure that you or your loved one makes a successful transition home from the hospital if you start planning for your hospital visit before you are admitted for a planned procedure or for unexpected visits to start planning for discharge the day of admission. Planning goes a long way to help patients address the questions that arise during the discharge process and make a safe and smooth return home.
ElderCare at Home can help your loved ones transition from hospital or rehab – to home – as smooth and successful as possible. Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation!
To learn more, download our free e-book “Planning for a Smooth Transition” here!