How Transitional Care in Strongsville Reduces Hospital Readmissions

Provider of transitional care in Strongsville with elderly patient

Ready-Set-Go Home with Transitional Care

The last thing anyone wants to think about when returning home from a hospital stay is being readmitted. But unfortunately, readmission is very common in seniors, especially within the first 30 days of discharge. If your loved one is currently hospitalized and expected to be discharged, or has recently come home, transitional care from Visiting Angels® Medina-Strongsville can give them the support and assistance they need to avoid readmission and fully recover.

Transitional care from Visiting Angels Medina-Strongsville is available to seniors in Strongsville, North Royalton, Brecksville, Cuyahoga County, and the surrounding communities.

Common Causes of Readmission

At Visiting Angels Medina-Strongsville, we believe the first step to avoiding hospital readmissions is to understand why they happen in the first place. Factors that commonly contribute to readmission among seniors can include:

  • Ignoring or dismissing hospital discharge instructions

  • Failing to report when symptoms change or worsen

  • Taking medications incorrectly

  • Missing therapies and follow up appointments

  • Being physically unable to perform basic personal hygiene

  • Exhaustion from attempting to do too much too soon

  • Lack of initiative

How Transitional Care From Visiting Angels Medina-Strongsville Can Help

Recovering from hospitalization without assistance puts seniors at risk for readmission, especially within the first few weeks. At Visiting Angels Medina-Strongsville, our transitional care program, Ready-Set-Go Home, follows a three-pronged approach to reduce your loved one’s risk of readmission:

  1. At the hospital. Transitional care from Visiting Angels Medina-Strongsville begins as soon as possible before your loved one is discharged. To ensure a smooth transition home, we’ll meet with the hospital discharge team, get to know your loved one, and provide you with our “Ready-Set-Go Home” discharge planning guide. This helpful guide reviews the causes for readmission and helps families mentally prepare for what to expect following a loved one’s release from the hospital.

  2. At home. After discharge, we’ll be there to assist and encourage your loved one as they recuperate. Our caregivers can remind your loved one to follow discharge instructions, drink fluids, and attend necessary therapies and follow up appointments. They can also prepare meals, assist with physical mobility and personal hygiene, and act as your “eyes and ears,” monitoring any change in behavior or health that could lead to readmission.

  3. “Behind the Scenes.” While our caregivers are assisting your loved one at the hospital and back at home, our office staff is here to provide support. We can arrange the delivery of medical equipment, order groceries, pick up prescriptions, and run errands to ease the burden on family caregivers.

Call Visiting Angels Medina-Strongsville today at (330) 723-0300 to learn more about our transitional care program and to schedule a no-cost consultation.

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