About 1 in 5 senior patients in the US that are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days. This equates to roughly 2.6 million adults over the age of 65 and over $26 billion in costs. Not only does this create a toll on the healthcare system, but on the physical and emotional well-being of seniors and their families as well. How can families stop the revolving door of hospital readmissions for loved ones after a surgery or who are living with a chronic condition?

One major cause of hospital readmissions is the gap in care that patients experience after being discharged from the hospital. When patients leave the hospital, there is often a period of time that the individual is without care assistance at home, either waiting to establish a care plan or waiting to hear back from their physician. This is a vulnerable time for seniors due to a lack of care resources such as transportation services, medication management systems, and personal care needs that can make the recovery process a struggle. Professional home care services can help families bypass this period of vulnerability.

Professional home care reduces hospital readmissions with services that provide assistance during and after the discharge process, eliminating the gap in care and helping people recover faster in the comfort of their own homes. Home care agencies like Home Care Assistance support patients in reducing hospital readmissions by:

  • Providing professionally trained caregivers to assist with daily tasks such as meal preparation, laundry and light housekeeping during the recovery process at home.
  • Scheduling follow up appointments with the physician and providing transportation to and from the appointments.
  • Establishing medication management systems to help keep track of the prescribed medications during recovery and monitor for any negative side effects or changes in condition.
  • Helping with personal care needs the aging adult may not be able to manage on their own during recovery.
  • Connecting the patient and family to local resources and information as needed.

Through effective communication with an aging adult’s medical care team, home care providers can coordinate with everyone involved in a person’s care to create a manageable, effective care plan that keeps the recovery process moving smoothly at home. Home care professionals also can provide helpful education to a senior’s family members, so that even when the home care professional is not there, the senior still has consistent, high-quality care. Through these services and more, professional home care can make the difference between a healthy recovery at home and an avoidable readmission to the hospital.

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about how home care reduces hospital readmissions and how Home Care Assistance can help provide the home care services you need, contact us today online or at 919-436-1871. We provide expert home care in Raleigh and the surrounding areas that can help aging adults avoid hospital readmissions. Give us a call today to learn more!