It’s difficult to be hospitalized, especially for an elderly loved one. If someone in your life is hospitalized and expected to be discharged soon, you’ll want to understand how to reduce their chances of being readmitted. Being re-admitted can be devastating to a family, but quality Assisted Living can help minimize that risk. Here are some of the ways Assisted Living can help according to Michael Watson of Caring Senior Service:
1. Monitoring for Changes
Once discharged, patients are provided home care instructions and information about their medical condition. Typically, there are warning signs the patient is encouraged to look for in order to determine if they need to return to the hospital. It’s often difficult to notice subtle changes in oneself, such as fatigue or swelling. In many cases, elderly will dismiss key warning signs. A trained caregiver knows he or she should be looking for changes which may be cause for concern. Having a professional caregiver provides peace of mind and helps ensure that when changes do occur they are promptly reported.
2. Complying with Discharge Instructions
The discharge instructions for care can be overwhelming for the patient and the family members. Professional caregivers keep daily logs to help make sure all the requirements for care are met. If further explanation is needed, the caregiver is trained to report it so that more education can be provided to patients and family by medical personnel.
3. Help with Medication Management
When medication is taken incorrectly or at the wrong time an adverse drug event like an allergic reaction or overdoes could occur. Proper medication management is key, and professional assisted living caregivers can help a resident comply with their regime. They assist by reminding seniors about medications at the correct time each day. And, if there is an adverse event, the caregiver is there to call for help.
4. Preparing Meals and Offering Nutritional Support
One of the most important things a caregiver can do for your loved one is provide them with healthy and nutritious meals that meet the recommended dietary guidelines specific to their condition. In addition to preparing meals, caregivers can teach residents how to make healthier meal choices.
5. Assisting with Making and Keeping Follow-Up Appointments
Making appointments with physicians after being discharged is extremely important. Assisted Living caregivers can help make the appointments with the proper doctors and ensure the resident gets to the appointment.
At Assisted Living of Draper, our expert staff is comprised of knowledgeable, loving, and compassionate individuals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. For more information on how we can help reduce hospital re-admission, please feel free to follow us on Facebook or contact us on our website.