How Transitional Care in Topeka Reduces Hospital Readmissions

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Ready-Set-Go Home with Transitional Care

When your loved one is getting ready for discharge from the hospital, the last thing they want to think about is being readmitted. Unfortunately, readmission is all too common, with nearly 20 percent of all Medicare patients being rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge. That’s where transitional care from Visiting Angels® Topeka can help. Our care gives seniors in Topeka, Lawrence, Silver Lake, Auburn, Tecumseh, and the surrounding communities the assistance and support they need to avoid hospital readmissions and make a full recovery.

Common Causes of Readmission

Avoiding hospital readmissions begins with understanding why they happen in the first place. At Visiting Angels Topeka, we provide transitional care to seniors within our community on a daily basis and have noticed some common factors that contribute to readmission, including:

  • Failing to report worsening symptoms and changes in condition

  • Neglecting to follow hospital discharge instructions

  • Taking medication at the wrong time, or taking the wrong dose

  • Missing medical appointments and follow-ups

  • Exhaustion from trying to do too much too soon

  • Problems with physical mobility in the home

How Transitional Care From Visiting Angels Topeka Can Help

For many seniors, recovering from a hospital stay without assistance can put them at real risk of readmission. There are many ways that transitional care from Visiting Angels Topeka can help. Using our three-pronged approach, our Ready-Set-Go Home program can help reduce your loved one’s risk of readmission by:

  1. Beginning care at the hospital. At Visiting Angels Topeka, we begin transitional care as soon as possible. We’ll meet with the hospital discharge team to ensure a smooth transition. We will also provide you with our “Ready-Set-Go Home” discharge planning guide. This informative guide helps educate about the causes for hospital readmission and can help your family mentally prepare for the coming weeks.

  2. Providing assistance and support at home. When your loved one returns home, we’ll be there to provide support, assistance, and companionship. We’ll also act as your “eyes and ears” monitoring physical changes and behavior and preventing issues that could lead to readmission.

  3. Working for you and your loved one behind the scenes. Our staff at Visiting Angels Topeka is here to support your family and your loved one’s caregivers. We can coordinate the delivery of medical equipment, groceries, and prescriptions, easing the burden on family caregivers. We can also provide your loved one with medication reminders and transportation to doctor’s appointments.

Ready to learn more about how transitional care in Topeka could help your loved one avoid hospital readmission? Call Visiting Angels Topeka today to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Our care programs are available to seniors and their families in Topeka, Lawrence, Silver Lake, Auburn, Tecumseh, and the surrounding communities.

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