A stay at the hospital can be a harrowing and stressful time for patients as well as their loved ones. For senior patients, hospital admissions can be particularly disorienting and physically exhausting due to which they often require additional care and assistance, extending well into the recovery period at home.While doctors and nurses are available to monitor seniors at the hospital, it is important to remember that the first 30 days after discharge is extremely critical to their recovery process. Moreover, mistakes made during the transition from hospital to home might increase the risk of readmissions and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment plans.
So, what can caregivers and loved ones do to help avoid complications while making the transition as well as ensure their physical and mental well-being during this time? This blog highlights a few tips that will help you to make the big shift as smooth and safe for the patient as possible:
Understand the Risk Factors
The key to avoiding hospital readmissions and speeding up the recovery process is an awareness of the risks involved. For instance, falls are extremely common because of weakness and mobility issues in seniors. The same can be prevented by getting rid of slipping hazards at home and seeking guidance from a home modification service provider. They will help prepare the home environment for the senior patient by making small changes to the living environment to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
In addition to this, overexertion is another factor that might cause surgical stitches to open up or relapse of medical problems. That is why it is crucial that the senior gets adequate rest during the recovery period. If managing daily living activities becomes an issue, consider hiring a private care manager to take care of their medication, meal preparation, hygiene, and housekeeping needs.
Depending on the severity of their health condition, it is advisable that you have a comprehensive care plan well before the day of discharge. Consider the following steps:
- Take family members and your senior’s private care manager into confidence. Walk them through their condition and ensure that someone is just a call away to tend to their needs 24/7 in the first month.
- Not sure about how to manage the transition from hospital to home? Get in touch with professionals at Transitional Care Services. We will provide you with expert guidance on how to care for your senior loved one during this critical time, and also offer you a list of emergency service providers and post-procedural professionals to make caretaking easier for you.
- Talk to family caregivers and the private care manager about drug dosages and schedules, meal plans, and make a list of emergency contacts.
- Ensure that your home is equipped with all the essential items so that the primary caregiver does not have to go for supply runs repeatedly.
If you would like some assistance to care for your senior loved one, we’d be happy to connect you with experienced, verified care professionals. Call 800-395-2065 for more information today.