Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Ready-Set-Go Home is a transitional care program that is designed to help make a successful transition home after hospitalization or after a stay in a rehab facility.  The Visiting Angels program includes a three-prong approach for reducing hospital re-admissions: a major risk for seniors in the time after a hospital discharge.

The fact remains, among seniors on Medicare, roughly 20% of discharged patients end up back in the hospital within 30 days of being sent home with complications from the original diagnosis or from another illness. Elderly adults have a much lower chance of recovery if they are re-hospitalized in this 30-day window.  Visiting Angels is helping with reducing hospital re-admissions because it is so important.

Visiting Angels® is committed to reducing hospital re-admissions through our Ready-Set-Go Home program. Ready-Set-Go Home provides care recipients with experienced, essential personal home care during the period following a hospital discharge. Our Angels will help you coordinate your loved one’s transition home, assist your loved one during this transition, and support your loved one through their return home from the hospital.

Three-Prong Approach to Reducing Hospital Re-admissions

Our studies have shown, the vast majority of preventable re-hospitalizations could be avoided by following doctors’ orders. From ensuring the follow up appointments are being attended to making sure that all medications are being taken, the days following a discharge are critical to the future health of the patient.  But after a serious injury or illness, even the most basic tasks can be difficult or impossible. For seniors to follow doctors’ orders during this period, they need additional outside support.

The Visiting Angels Ready-Set-Go Home program is designed to provide this much-needed support, increasing the odds of a full or partial recovery and reducing hospital readmission risks. Our caregivers provide our essential personal services in accordance with medical directives and in conjunction with care provided by clients’ family and friends. Visiting Angels services are customized for every client, ensuring your loved one receives care tailored to their specific needs.

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

  1. At the Hospital. Our Ready-Set-Go Home program starts during your loved one’s hospitalization. We 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 have resources to help guide your family through the discharge process and provide valuable information on discharge planning. Our “Ready-Set-Go Home” guide includes various information to keep all of your important documents in one place. The guide includes detailed information on hospital discharges, questions you can ask medical professionals 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, compassionate,  skilled, essential personal assistance to ensure your loved one’s safety and comfort during recovery. We also act as the “eyes and ears” in the home. Our caregivers are trained to recognize and report changes in your loved one’s physical or cognitive health.  From our experience, we know the reasons why many seniors skip follow-up doctors’ visits, miss medication doses, or otherwise fail to follow proper recovery protocols. Our services can also assist when family and friends are acting as unpaid caregivers.  Visiting Angels helps to manage these responsibilities and avoid becoming overwhelmed.
  3. At the Visiting Angels Office. Behind the scenes, your local Hoschton Visiting Angels office will support your family and your loved one’s caregivers. Each Visiting Angels office has access to various tools for reducing hospital re-admissions by identifying clients at high risk of re-hospitalizing. Our local Visiting Angels staff can provide medication and appointment reminders, accompany your loved one to appointments, and help you coordinate medication, equipment, and food deliveries.

Contact the local Hoschton Visiting Angels office today to learn more about our Ready-Set-Go Home program for reducing hospital re-admissions.  We can be reached at (678) 682 - 7444 to request a face to face consultation from your local office at no charge.

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.