Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Durham NH
Being able to reduce hospital readmission rates, especially for your elderly mother, is essential to promoting positive health and well-being. Whatever reason caused her to be hospitalized in the first place, whether it was due to a heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, or some other medical emergency, surgery, an accident, or something else, eventually she will be discharged and sent home to complete her recovery.
A hospital readmission is basically any time someone has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. The federal government is placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these readmission rates and, in turn, hospitals are providing better information and in some cases more resources to help their patients with follow up once they’re discharged.
Since you want to help your mother make a full recovery from whatever caused her to be hospitalized the first place, here are five questions you should consider asking.
Question #1: Does she have the right support at home?
Maybe you or somebody else in the family lives close enough to her that they could stop by on a daily basis to check in on her, help her get out of bed in the morning, help prepare meals, and do other things so she doesn’t put yourself at risk ‘overdoing it.’
Question #2: Does your mother have the right information?
When she is discharged from the hospital, she should get some valuable information about things she needs to do to maximize the chances of her making a full recovery. Does she have that information? If so, do you or another caregiver or family member know where they can get it?
Question #3: Is the help you or another family member can provide enough?
If stopping by after work for an hour a day isn’t enough to provide the right level support, it’s time to consider a professional home care aide.
Question #4: Will your mother need other professionals to help out?
For example, if she had a stroke, she’s likely going to need the assistance of a visiting nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and perhaps other medical professionals. Finding all these resources can be complicated, so you want to make sure you begin looking early enough so that she is comfortable and prepared when she is sent home.
Question #5: Will you be able to determine if she’s on the right road to recovery?
Since there are many things that can affect a person’s recovery, will you have the knowledge and experience to be able to determine whether she’s making a proper recovery are not? When you ask these questions, you will help to ensure that your mother maximizes her chances of making a full recovery.
If you or someone you know needs the help of caregiver services near Durham, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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