Tips To Reduce Hospitalization

Hospital visits are expensive and can really put a dent in your pocket if your re-hospitalized, patients readmitted to a hospital within 30 days. Re-hospitalization can be traumatizing for seniors, however it can be avoided. The decision to either stay home or move to an alternative location for care can be complicated for senior citizens with multiple chronic conditions. By providing integrated home care services, it can reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions. According to BMC Geriatrics, home care services significantly reduces unnecessary hospitalizations for older adults. Whether you have home care or are living alone, these tips can help you to reduce hospitalization or readmission.

Prevent Falls:

Most commonly found in the elderly population, vitamin D deficiency is linked to the proximal muscle groups which often give the sensation of heaviness in the legs. The progressive loss of muscle strength is the repercussion of falling and nonvertebral fractures in older adults. On the other hand, fall prevention can be as simple as  creating a safe living environment. Cleaning up clutter, removing tripping hazards, and installing grab bars or handrails are some ways to prevent falls at home.

Eliminate Medication Errors:

According to the Patient Safety Network, nearly 5 percent of patients hospitalized experience an adverse drug events, and make up 88 percent of emergency hospital admissions. Proper management of medication doesn’t only prevent hospitalization, but it also reduces medicare penalties. Consider speaking with your pharmacist or doctors about a medication therapy management program that supervises discharged patients’ medication regimens. Not to mention, home care services provide assistance with medication safety and reminders as well as contact health care providers for medication refills or changes.

Obtain Home Health Care Services:

Compared to those living with others, adults who live alone have a increased chance of re-hospitalization. Therefore having an aide at home can cut your chances of re-hospitalization in half. Home health aides enhances transitional care from the hospital to your home by providing assistance with  medication, transportation, and communication with your doctor or health care provider.

Caring for the Caregiver

Our Director of Patient Services, Marise Deausso, explains that, “We provide all of our clients with skilled home health aides who are able to assess when our clients need medical follow-up. Our aides are trained to detect changes in their conditions early in order to prevent unnecessary hospital visits and/or re-hospitalization.” At Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services, we hold hospitalization seminars that are focused on educating our clients on how to reduce hospitalization, which allow them to foster a stronger and more enriched mind, body, and spirit.