Post Discharge Services
Seniors returning home is a fortunate and happy time, although it is also a critical turning point in your senior's recovery process. A 2009 New England Journal of Medicine study estimated that almost 20 percent of patients were readmitted within 30 day post discharge. Often, mistakes made in medications, missed follow-up medical appointments, poor nutrition, dehydration and lack of safety preparation in the home are the issues that can lead to re-admission.
Getting Help When Returning Home:
Even if you are planning on taking care of your senior when he or she returns home, there may be some aspects of their recovery plan that you might need help with. The KRS Home Care can help with many of the critical post-discharge care needs that will help lead your senior to a full and complete recovery even if it is only needed for short term.
The key elements of the KRS Home Care network's Returning Home Program include:
- Discharge coordination and execution—KRS Home Caregivers will work with your senior's hospital discharge planning staff to develop a detailed plan of care and instructions. These instructions will be followed through by family and other home caregivers to make sure your senior has a plan to ensure a successful recovery.
- Medication management— KRS Home Caregivers will work with you and/or your senior to help them organize and track their medication to make sure that they are taken as directed and to help prevent adverse effects.
- Follow-up physician visit assistance— KRS Home Caregivers can make sure your senior keeps track of and attends follow-up medical appointments including providing and/or arranging for his or her transportation to the appointments.
- Nutrition management— KRS Home Caregivers can assist with meal planning, shopping and preparation to ensure that your senior loved one is getting wholesome, healthy foods and plenty of hydration that will assist with their recovery.
- Warning sign monitoring and notification— KRS Home Caregivers are familiar with and trained to watch for warning signs and take appropriate action to help prevent complications and re-admission.
- Record keeping— KRS Home Caregivers are also trained to track specific data on your senior loved one's progress to share with his/her medical providers. This is important for both tracking progress and to help update, if necessary, the original discharge plan of care.
- Returning home from the hospital can be a wonderful time for your senior loved one. Seeking help from KRS Home Caregiverswith at home care can mean less stress for you and an easier transition to full recovery for your senior.