You heard about the term hospital readmissions. You know this has something to do with the federal government placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these readmission rates. Maybe you didn’t realize that a hospital readmission is considered any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. Right now, what you’re most concerned with is your elderly father.
He has been hospitalized recently and his doctor is beginning to talk about his discharge, he’s also talking about proper support and care at home. You want your father to have the greatest chance of recovering from this medical emergency, and you certainly don’t want him readmitted before long.
There are things you can do to help increase the chances of recovery and reduce those hospital readmissions. One of them is to make sure your father has the right information on hand when he’s discharge.
The doctor will provide instructions.
There may be instructions with regard to exercise, rest, prescription medications, follow-up appointments, and more. If your father allows it, you might consider sitting in on this discharge meeting. You want to make sure your father understands everything, so it’s a good idea to ask questions to make sure he is clear on what is expected of him.
He needs to consider physical support at home.
He is not going to be as strong as he was before this medical emergency. It’s going to take him a long time to regain strength. In fact, he may never return to the physical dexterity, stamina, and agility he had prior to this situation.
In those first weeks and couple of months, it’s important that he have the right type of physical support at home to help. Your mother may be more than willing, but is she physically strong enough to help? If not (and most likely she won’t be) it’s important to consider hiring a home care aide.
Emotional encouragement is just as powerful.
While your father is getting physical support through a home care aide, that caregiver will also be providing emotional encouragement. Your father may become depressed, withdrawn, or anxious about his new reality in life.
The more experience a caregiver has, the more likely he or she is going to get your father thinking about the future, things he can still do once he recovers fully, and that can help him push through some of the most difficult days of his recovery.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care in Mount Airy, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-274-0900.