Staying home may save the life of someone you love. Some of the top reasons for unplanned hospitalisations include factors that in-home care can help with including Fall Prevention, Front Loading Care during those critical two weeks following discharge, Medication Management, and 24 hour availability/response system.
What does Home Instead Senior Care do to reduce hospital readmissions so significantly?
1. PROVIDED TRANSPORTATION
Immediately upon patient discharge, CAREGiversprovide transportation from hospital to home, if needed.
Subsequently, the CAREGivers provide patients with transportation to doctors’ offices and to other essential locations such as pharmacies, supermarkets, churches and dialysis treatments.
2. PERFORMS HOME-SAFETY EVALUATIONS
Home Instead’s Care Coordinator provide patients with initial home-safety evaluations, and they subsequently provided light-housekeeping services to keep the participants’ homes clean and safe.
Home Instead’s Care Coordinator also makes recommendations regarding safety items, encourage patients to use emergency response, and, as appropriate, discuss with patients and their families the possibility of engaging other supportive services.
3. PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN MANAGING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
CAREGivers ensure that the medications on patients’ discharge sheets were picked up from the pharmacy, and they reconcile these new medications with those that were already in the patients’ homes-subsequently notifying GP’s and/or public-health nurses if any discrepancies were identified.
In addition, CAREGivers encourage patients and their families to contact GP’s and pharmacists to explore the option of using generic and/or lower-cost medications whenever possible.
Finally, Home Instead Senior Care recommends that all patients have a medication-management system, or a dispenser that the patients or families could fill weekly.
5. HELP PATIENTS MAKE AND KEEP FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS
Often, patients were unaware of the importance of making follow-up appointments with their physicians, and with allied healthcare providers such as physical therapists. Thus, these appointments frequently are made for participants by their CAREGivers (in many cases, even for patients with family members who were willing and able to do so).
CAREGivers also transport and/or accompany patients to these appointments as needed, and they subsequent assist participants in complying with their healthcare providers’ recommendations.
6. PREPARE MEALS AND OFFERING NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT/GUIDANCE
CAREGivers compare GP-recommended diets as outlined in patients’ discharge instructions with participants’ actual diets-and with the food that was already in their homes.
CAREGivers also prepare healthy meals for patients and assist them in the selection of healthy nutritional alternatives-for instance, recommending that during the project period, patients specifically select lower-salt and/or lower-fat foods, while avoiding canned- and processed-food items.
From a longer-term perspective, CAREGivers make a point of teaching patients about proper nutrition, appropriate food selection and evaluation (for example, carefully reading packaging labels), and subsequent meal preparation.
7. PROVIDE PERSONAL-CARE SERVICES
CAREGivers assist patients with showering, grooming (including oral hygiene), and/or dressing.
As needed, they also help participants with toileting, and, if necessary, provided appropriate support to patients who are dealing with incontinence problems.
8. FACILITATE COMMUNICATION AND REVIEWING DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS
CAREGivers help facilitate and encourage regular, on-going communication between/among patients, families and significant others.
In addition, the CAREGivers are responsible for keeping daily care-related records for each participant-documentation that helps ensure the provision of consistent, high quality in-home services throughout the post-discharge care period.
9. COORDINATED POST-DISCHARGE CARE
To ensure that patients receivea coordinated array of post-discharge services from all providers, Home Instead Senior Care works directly with physicians-primary-care doctors and specialists alike-and with home-health and hospice professionals.
Home Instead Senior Care also encourages participant compliance with recommended exercise and therapy regimens.
These services play a critical role in keeping people out of the hospital. Find out how Home Instead Senior Care can help your loved one stay safely at home today.