Transitional Care in Springfield MO - Avoid Hospital Readmissions

If you’ve ever been a hospital patient or have a loved one who has spent time in a hospital, you know just how much hospital patients long to return home. Unfortunately, hospital readmissions among seniors are more common than they may seem, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) reporting that almost twenty percent of Medicare patients are readmitted within one month of being discharged from a hospital. At Visiting Angels® Springfield MO, our transitional care program helps elderly adults avoid issues that may lead to a hospital readmission so that they can continue to age in place in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

Why Transitional Care: What Causes Hospital Readmissions

There are many factors that can cause a senior to be admitted to the hospital after a previous discharge. Here are some of the most common factors that can lead to a hospital readmission:

  • Problems with taking medication appropriately
  • Inability to follow through with discharge directions
  • Challenges with managing an illness at home
  • Disruption of eating and sleeping routines while in the hospital
  • Lack of appropriate follow-up with medical appointments

Transitional Care and Limiting Hospital Readmissions

At Visiting Angels Springfield MO, we’ve formed a three-pronged approach for helping seniors reduce the risk of a hospital readmission through our transitional care program:

  • We start transitional care in the hospital. We work with your loved one’s hospital discharge planner to get a big-picture understanding of what his or her home care requirements will be. We’ll also give your loved one in Springfield MO information about what to expect from transitional care and the causes of hospital readmissions through our discharge planning guide called “Ready-Set-Go Home.”
  • We offer high-quality transitional care in the home. Our professional transitional care providers at Visiting Angels Springfield MO monitor your loved one and provide assistance and support following discharge. Our caregivers gain important insight into your loved one’s behavior so that any red flags, such as improper medication management or missed appointments, can be promptly dealt with.
  • We provide additional support through our office in Springfield MO. Our office staff at Visiting Angels Springfield MO assist with transitional care using high-caliber tools to monitor high-risk clients throughout their transition back to the home.

Could transitional care be the right choice for your loved one in Springfield MO? Contact Visiting Angels Springfield MO for more information about booking a free, no-risk care consultation today.

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