How Transitional Care in Gloucester County Reduces Hospital Readmissions
Ready-Set-Go Home with Transitional Care
When a loved one is discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation center, no one wants to think about the possibility of readmission. But readmission is an unfortunate reality for many seniors in Gloucester County, especially those without transitional care in place to aid in their recovery.
If you are concerned about a loved one that will be returning home from the hospital or rehabilitation center after an illness or surgery, call on Visiting Angels® Gloucester County. Our Ready-Set-Go Home transitional care program offers seniors throughout Gloucester County the assistance and encouragement they need to avoid hospital readmissions.
What Causes Readmissions?
If your loved one will be returning to their home to recover after a stay at the hospital or rehabilitation center, you are likely concerned about their safety and ability to recover.
There are many factors that can contribute to readmission, including:
Failing to follow discharge instructions
Neglecting to report worsening symptoms and changes in condition
Taking medications incorrectly
Missing important therapies or follow up appointments
Exhaustion from trying to do too much too soon
Being physically unable to move around the home, bathe, or use the toilet without assistance
The first 30 days after a hospital discharge are the most critical. In fact, 1 in 5 seniors is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their release. At Visiting Angels Gloucester County, we help seniors avoid hospital readmissions by providing transitional care in the comfort of home.
How Transitional Care from Visiting Angels Gloucester County Can Help
For seniors living at home, having a support system in place can be the difference between recovery and readmission. That’s why Visiting Angels Gloucester County offers transitional care through our Ready-Set-Go program using a three-pronged approach:
At the hospital. Our care program begins during your loved one’s hospitalization. We’ll get to know your loved one and meet with the hospital discharge team to ensure a smooth transition. We’ll also provide your family with “Ready-Set-Go Home,” our discharge planning guide that reviews the common causes of hospital readmissions to help your family prepare for the recovery process.
At home. After your loved one is discharged, our caregivers will be there for in-home assistance and companionship. They can help with light housekeeping, prepare meals, provide medication reminders, and encourage your loved one to follow hospital discharge instructions. They can also act as your “eyes and ears”, monitoring changes in condition and mood to prevent issues that commonly lead to readmission.
At our office. While our caregivers are assisting your loved one in the hospital or back at home, our in-office staff can coordinate the delivery of prescriptions and groceries, as well as any medical equipment needed during recovery. This “behind the scenes” support eases the burden on seniors and their family caregivers.
To learn how transitional care could help your loved one avoid readmission, call Visiting Angels Gloucester County today at 856-292-3340 to schedule a free in-home consultation.
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