Transitional Care in Chicago Helps Avoid Hospital Readmissions

Ready-Set-Go Home with Transitional Care

Seniors returning home from a long hospital stay often need extra care and assistance during those first few weeks to avoid readmission. Extra help with following discharge instructions, taking medication on time, and assistance with daily tasks can be the difference between readmission and a full recovery. That’s where Visiting Angels® Chicago comes in. Our Ready-Set-Go Home program gives seniors in Chicago, Niles, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, Golf, and the surrounding northern suburbs experienced transitional care that provides the assistance often needed to avoid readmission and make a full recovery.

The Risk of Hospital Readmission

While most people discharged from the hospital will need some sort of aftercare assistance to avoid rehospitalization, the need for seniors can be much greater. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 Medicare patients discharged from a hospital is readmitted within 30 days. The reasons for readmission vary by individual, but often include:

  • Trying to do too much by themselves too soon

  • Neglecting to follow discharge instructions

  • Not reporting changes in their condition or worsening symptoms

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

  • Missing medical appointments and follow-ups

How Transitional Care Specialists in Chicago Can Help

For many seniors living on their own, recovering from a hospital stay without assistance can put them in real risk of readmission, and many families become overwhelmed with the additional care that’s needed. Transitional care from Visiting Angels Chicago can help. With our transitional care program Ready-Set-Go Home, seniors throughout the Chicagoland area receive support and care during their hospital stay, discharge, and at-home recovery. Our transitional care programs are customized to your loved one’s specific needs throughout the recovery process, and can include:

  • Caregiver visits during their hospital stay for company and support

  • Assistance with personal daily tasks that may be challenging during recovery, such as grooming, bathing, and dressing.

  • Transportation to doctor appointments, rehabilitation, and physical therapy

  • Preparation of meals based on dietary restrictions and guidelines

  • Reminders to take medication, drink fluids, and eat regularly

  • Help with light housework, such as laundry and vacuuming

  • Much needed respite to family caregivers

  • Moral support and companionship during recovery

Transitional care from Visiting Angels Chicago is available to our clients and their families as often as needed on a part-time, full-time, or 24-hour basis, including weekends and holidays. And if an emergency arises, clients and their families can call our after-hours line and receive a call back within 15 minutes. When you choose Visiting Angels Chicago for your loved one’s transitional care, our dedicated caregivers are with you every step of the way, providing guidance and a helping hand wherever it’s needed.

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

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