Reducing Hospital Readmissions with Home Health Care from Visiting Angels of Greensboro, NC

Ready-Set-Go-Home is a Home Health Care Program Helping Seniors in Greensboro, High Point, and Surrounding Areas

Ready-Set-Go Home is a transitional home health care program that is designed to help seniors make a successful transition home after hospitalization. This program includes a three-prong approach for reducing hospital readmissions: a major risk for seniors in the month after a hospital discharge.

Among seniors on Medicare, roughly 20% of discharged patients end up back in the hospital within 30 days of being sent home. Elderly adults have a much lower chance of recovery if they are re-hospitalized in this 30-day window, which is why reducing hospital readmissions is so important.

Three-Prong Approach to Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Most preventable re-hospitalizations could be avoided by following doctors’ orders. But after a serious injury or illness, even the most basic tasks can be difficult or impossible for elderly adults. For seniors to follow doctors’ orders during this period, they need extensive outside support.

The Ready-Set-Go Home program uses a three-prong approach for reducing hospital readmissions:

  1. At the Hospital. Our Ready-Set-Go Home program starts during your loved one’s hospitalization. Our caregivers can visit your loved one at the hospital and provide support services for family and friends. When doctors begin to discuss your loved one’s discharge, we can guide your family through the discharge process and provide valuable information on discharge planning. Our “Ready-Set-Go Home” guide includes detailed information on hospital discharges, questions you can ask doctors and nurses during this process, and tips on reducing hospital readmission risks.
  2. At the Client's Home. After your loved one’s discharge, our caregivers will provide skilled home care assistance to ensure your loved one’s safety and comfort during recovery. Meanwhile, we act as the “eyes and ears” in the home. Our caregivers can help spot changes in your loved one’s physical or cognitive health, and we know the reasons why many seniors skip follow-up doctors’ visits, miss medication doses, or otherwise fail to follow proper recovery protocols. If family and friends are acting as unpaid caregivers, our home health care services can help them manage these responsibilities and avoid becoming overwhelmed.
  3. At the Visiting Angels Office. Behind the scenes, our office will support your family and your loved one’s caregivers. Each Visiting Angels office has access to tools for reducing hospital readmissions by identifying clients at high risk of re-hospitalizing. The Visiting Angels of Greensboro staff can provide medication and appointment reminders, accompany your loved one to appointments, and help you coordinate medication, equipment, and food deliveries.

Do you have a loved one who will require home health care services after an upcoming hospital discharge? Contact Visiting Angels of Greensboro today at 336-281-6746 to learn more about our Ready-Set-Go Home program for reducing hospital readmissions and to request a free consultation.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.