How Transitional Care in Jacksonville Reduces Hospital Readmissions

provider of transitional care in Jacksonville with elderly patient

Ready-Set-Go Home with Transitional Care

Hospital readmission is a concern for anyone recently discharged from the hospital, but seniors are at an increased risk with nearly 1 in 5 Medicare patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge. At Visiting Angels® Jacksonville, our transitional care program, called Ready-Set-Go Home, provides seniors with the assistance and support they need to recover fully and avoid costly hospital readmissions.

What Causes Hospital Readmissions?

During a hospital stay, many seniors focus on when they’ll be discharged, excited to return to the comfort of their own homes. But this can leave them unprepared for the continuing recovery period and vulnerable to readmission.

Understanding why many hospital readmissions happen can keep your loved one’s at-home recovery on track as well as help them avoid readmission. With years of experience as transitional care providers in the local area, Visiting Angels Jacksonville has become very familiar with the common pitfalls that many seniors experience, including:   

  • Failing to follow hospital discharge instructions correctly

  • Trying to do too much, too soon

  • Changes in physical mobility and sleep schedule

  • Difficulty with new dietary restrictions

  • Taking medications at the wrong time or taking the incorrect dose

  • Falls or other injuries due to limited mobility

  • Forgetting about doctors appointments and therapies

  • Hiding or failing to report worsening symptoms

How Transitional Care From Visiting Angels Jacksonville Can Help

At Visiting Angels Jacksonville, our transitional care program is called Ready-Set-Go Home. Using a three-pronged approach, Ready-Set-Go Home ensures that every client receives the support and companionship they need to recover and avoid costly hospital readmission:

  1. At the hospital - Transitional care from Visiting Angels Jacksonville starts while your loved one is at the hospital. A caregiver from our team will spend time with your loved one, encourage them to ask questions about their care, and offer professional guidance throughout the discharge process.

  2. At home - After discharge, a professional caregiver will help your loved one at home, providing care customized to your loved one’s needs and schedule. Some of our most popular services include mobility assistance, help bathing and dressing, housekeeping, cooking, and reminders to follow doctor’s discharge instructions and dietary guidelines. Our caregivers can also provide respite for family caregivers.

  3. At our Jacksonville office - While your loved one is getting ready for discharge or back at home with the help of a caregiver, we’re working behind the scenes to ensure your loved one has everything they need to recover. We can coordinate deliveries of medications, medical equipment, and groceries, and provide transportation to follow-up appointments and therapies. 

For more information about how transitional care can help your loved one through the recovery process, call Visiting Angels Jacksonville today at (904) 394-3203 to schedule a no-cost consultation. Our care is available to seniors in Jacksonville, Southside, San Marco, Mandarin, St. Johns, Julington Creek, Green Cove Springs and the surrounding areas.

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.