Home Care Blog>In Home Care | October 14, 2021
In-Home Care Can Help Reduce Readmission – With hospitals facing penalties for high rates of readmissions for specific diseases, doctors and other medical personnel are seeking ways to reduce the chance that seniors land back in the hospital after an initial stay. New research shows 1 in 12 patients are back in an inpatient bed within 30 days of being discharged from a Canadian hospital. Kathleen Morris, director of health system analysis and emerging issues at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), said unplanned readmissions cost the health system an estimated $1.8 billion over an 11-month period. There are many reasons seniors may need to be readmitted to the hospital, but those that have garnered the greatest interest are preventable causes.
Many hospital readmissions can be avoided if patients, families, caregivers, and hospital staff prepare for the patient’s day of discharge well in advance.
Research indicates that caregivers are critical in helping seniors overcome some of the main preventable causes for returning to the hospital. Consider the following:
While some seniors may have family and friends to help them once they leave the hospital, many do not. In these cases hospital staff often take measures to ensure the senior has the assistance of a professional caregiver before the senior leaves the hospital. Even those who have the assistance of friends and family can benefit from a professional caregiver during those times that family caregivers are unavailable.
Maintaining senior health and wellbeing is a priority for the team at Comfort Keepers®. Our caregivers can assist in providing seniors with transportation to and from the doctor’s office or clinics to receive their vaccinations. In addition, caregivers can also work to promote a healthy lifestyle by supporting physician-recommended diet and exercise plans, as well as medication reminders. Contact your the Comfort Keepers Calgary office today to learn more.
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American Hospital Association. (September 2011). Examining the drivers of readmissions and reducing unnecessary readmissions for better patient care 2011 AHA Policy Research. Retrieved from http://www.aha.org/research/policy/2011.shtml.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (February 2013). Ten things you should know about care transitions. Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/toolkits/toolkits/2013/rwjf404086.