How Transitional Care in Fort Smith Reduces Hospital Readmissions

Ready-Set-Go Home with Transitional Care

Returning home from a lengthy hospital stay can be a difficult transition for seniors, and without extra care and assistance during those first few weeks, many run the risk of readmission. Reminders to take medication on time, help with following discharge instructions, and assistance with daily household tasks can be the difference between a hospital readmission and a full recovery. That is where Visiting Angels® Fort Smith can help. Our Ready-Set-Go Home program was created to give seniors in Fort Smith, Van Buren, and the surrounding communities the transitional care services that are so often needed to avoid hospital readmissions and stay on the road to full recovery.

The Risk of Hospital Readmission

While anyone discharged from a hospital in Fort Smith may need some kind of transitional care during their recovery to avoid rehospitalization, the need for seniors is often much greater. In fact, nearly one in five Medicare recipients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. Why is the risk so much greater for seniors? The reasons for readmission vary by individual, but often include: 

  • Failure to follow hospital discharge instructions

  • Missing scheduled doctors appointments and follow-ups

  • Trying to do too much on their own too quickly

  • Forgetting to take prescribed medications on time, or taking the wrong dose

  • Neglecting to report changes in their condition, or worsening symptoms

How Transitional Care Specialists in Fort Smith Can Help

For seniors living independently in their own homes, recovering from a hospital stay without help puts them at risk of readmission. And while family members want to help as much as they can, it’s often more care than they can manage while keeping up with their own work schedules and commitments, or they may not live close by. Transitional care from Visiting Angels Fort Smith is the answer for many families. Our transitional care program, Ready-Set-Go Home, gives seniors in the Fort Smith area support and care during their hospital stay, discharge, and recovery at home. Customized to your loved one’s specific needs throughout their recovery, our transitional care program from Visiting Angels Fort Smith can include:

  • Scheduled caregiver visits throughout their hospital stay for support and companionship

  • Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments, physical therapy, and rehabilitation

  • Meal planning and preparation following dietary restrictions or guidelines

  • Reminders to take prescribed medications, drink fluids, and eat regularly

  • Moral support and company during the recovery process

  • Help with housework, such as washing dishes, vacuuming, and laundry

  • Assistance with daily tasks that may be difficult or impossible during recovery, such as bathing and dressing.

  • Respite for family caregivers

When you choose Visiting Angels Fort Smith for your loved one’s transitional care needs, we are with you every step of the way. Our transitional care services are available to our clients and their families, whenever needed, on a part-time, full-time, or around the clock basis, including holidays and weekends. And if an emergency arises, just call our after-hours line for a call back within 15 minutes, any time of the day or night.

For more information about our transitional care services and Ready-Set-Go Home program, call Visiting Angels Fort Smith today for a no-cost consultation.

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