8 Ways to Help Ensure a Successful Hospital-to-Home Transition
A caregiver’s guide to a safe hospital-to-home discharge
By Leslie Kernisan, M.D
Caregivers Seattle WA: Most people aren’t fully recovered when they leave the hospital — far from it. The period between hospital discharge and recuperating at home is critical for your loved one. Yet this hospital-to-home transition doesn’t always go smoothly. About 20 percent of Medicare patients are rehospitalized within 30 days, but experts believe that as many as half of those readmissions are preventable.
That’s why preparation for this transition is key. As caregivers, the following steps will help you help your loved one successfully negotiate going from hospital to home:
- Be an active presence in the discharge planning process.
- Make sure you understand why your loved one was in the hospital.
- Plan to provide extra help and support to your loved one during the recovery period.
- Understand what symptoms and signs your loved one should be monitored for, and who to call if you have concerns.
- Make sure the discharge instructions are clear regarding medications.
- Prepare the home for your loved one’s recovery.
- Understand what home health services will be provided.
- Make sure follow-up has been arranged with a primary care doctor or other outpatient health provider.
The caregivers at Andelcare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Andelcare is a home care agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in Seattle WA and the surrounding areas. Call 888-788-3051 for more information.