When an elderly patient is hospitalized for a medical procedure or illness stress and confusion often occurs. Recovery can be lengthy process with a set of unique challenges. A Department of Health & Human Services study found that in April 2015 close to 20% of Medicare recipients with acute conditions (heart issues, pneumonia and major joint replacements) were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days while close to 14% of Medicare recipients with all other conditions were readmitted within this time frame.
Hospital readmissions have been linked to the absence of outpatient follow-up care, inadequate understanding of discharge instructions and the scarcity of help for those transitioning from hospital to home (US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health). Ray of Sunshine Senior Care and professional caregivers can help reduce the chances of being readmitted by providing supportive services after hospitalization and during recovery.
A professional caregiver can be available before discharge to ensure a smooth transition and accompany the client home. If requested, we can also coordinate services with home health or physical therapy agencies involved in the recovery care.
Professional caregiving referrals are available on an hourly or live-in basis. If a client lives alone they often start out with live-in care and transition to hourly care as their recovery progresses. Referrals are frequently made to assist with:
Contact one of our client liaisons to discuss how customized care can help reduce the chance of hospital readmissions and ensure you remain in control of your care, schedules and caregivers.