How Comfort Care in Port Orchard Reduces Hospital Readmissions

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When an elderly loved one is admitted to the hospital, they may not realize they have a 20% chance of returning to the hospital during the first 30 days after discharge. Despite their best intentions, seniors run a higher risk of repeat hospital stays due to difficulty following the hospital's discharge instructions. Visiting Angels┬« of Kitsap County offers comfort care to help seniors with the transition from the hospital to recovery. We work with families throughout Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, South Park Village, Kitsap County, and the West Sound areas.

Comfort care from Visiting Angels of Kitsap County utilizes a three-prong approach to help seniors avoid hospital readmissions. We start by meeting with your loved one in the hospital and providing information on discharge planning. Next, we prepare your loved one's home for their return by grocery shopping and arranging for delivery of medications and/or medical equipment. Finally, we care for your loved one upon their return by providing non-medical aid for daily tasks.

Common Causes of Hospital Readmission

While there may be countless reasons why seniors are readmitted to the hospital after discharge, there are some common themes among them. A general failure to follow discharge instructions can be caused by lack of support once seniors return home. Comfort care from Visiting Angels of Kitsap County can provide the support your loved one needs in order to stay on the path to recovery.

Some specific reasons why hospital readmissions may occur include:

  • Not following the physician prescribed meal plan
  • Trouble managing a new diagnosis on your own
  • Missing follow-up appointments or therapies
  • Inability to follow the doctor's instructions
  • Falls due to limited mobility or medication effects
  • Trouble managing a new diagnosis at home
  • Missing medication doses or taking incorrectly

How Visiting Angels of Kitsap County and Surrounding Areas Can Help

Visiting Angels of Kitsap County can help your loved one avoid repeat hospital stays by providing transitional care once they are home. Some of the tasks we can perform include:

  • Preparing the home for your loved one's return
  • Dignified assistance with bathing and dressing
  • Walking, transferring, and fall prevention measures
  • Providing transportation to follow-up visits
  • Offering medication reminders and monitoring
  • Providing joyful companionship and social care
  • Help following the doctor's prescribed meal plan
  • Providing light housekeeping such as laundry

If your loved one is facing an inpatient hospital stay, be sure to consider comfort care from Visiting Angels of Kitsap County.

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