Transfer Trauma is a very huge issue for the older population, especially those with dementia. With that in mind, it is very important to practice proper observation techniques to eliminate unnecessary rehospitalizations. A new study of nurses who primarily work with seniors confirms that, “Approximately half (49 percent) of hospitalizations among seniors could be prevented.” With that in mind, here are some precautions that can be taken to limit the risk of rehospitalization.
Take an Active Part in their Doctors’ Visits
There are a wide variety of simple preventative measures you can do with ease that can yield big results in keeping older adults out of the hospital. One of the easiest ways to prevent hospitalization is taking an active part in doctors’ visits to ensure that the doctors’ instructions are being followed properly. One of the top risk factors for decline in seniors is medication errors, so monitoring the intake of any prescribed medications will play a huge role in reducing the risk of rehospitalization. According to PRNewswire, “When these simple preventative measures are neglected, hospitalizations occur, putting seniors at risk for more serious health issues as they could be exposed to hospital-acquired infections, reduced immobility and a break in their routine.”
Practice Proper Fall Prevention Techniques
Falls are a huge risk for seniors and are one of the leading causes of seniors being admitted into hospitals. That is why taking a proactive approach to ensuring any risk factors for a fall to occur are eliminated as efficiently as possible. A peer-reviewed journal of clinical excellence notes on the seriousness of falls for seniors that, “80% of falls… occur in patients age 65 and older, with the highest fall rates and risks for injuries in those who are over 80.”
Be There for Them as a Family Member
Finally, one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent rehospitalization is by taking an active part in the continued health and well-being of your loved one. Family members often do not realize how much power and influence they have to ensure that an older adult remains in good health and keeps up with good practices. CaregiverStress discusses the importance of taking a proactive part of your loved ones’ health in preventing rehospitalization by saying, “Nearly 100% of the nurses surveyed (conducted by Home Instead Inc.) agreed that a family’s role in helping to keep seniors healthy and out of the hospital is as important as that of the medical community.” It might sound simple, but a little bit can go a long way in preventing rehospitalization of seniors.
At Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services, we follow all necessary safety protocols to ensure that our residents remain safe and successfully limit the need for rehospitalization. Our Director of Patient Services, Marise Deaussou, notes that “Falls are one of the biggest risk factors facing the senior population. By following proper fall prevention techniques we can greatly reduce our seniors’ hospitalization rates. As part of our holistic approach to senior care, we aim to limit transfer trauma as much as possible and keep our seniors healthy and safe within our care continuum.” To learn more about our Signature Touches, click here.