There is a huge sense of relief when your loved one is released from the hospital. Their medical problems have been addressed and they are ready to be taken home where they are comfortable. You’re both likely ready for life to get back to normal, but that normal can be quickly derailed if you don’t understand the heightened risks after a hospital visit.
Once your loved one returns home from the hospital, your job as a Family Caregiver becomes even more important. Did you know that individuals face a 1 in 5 chance of being readmitted to the hospital within the first 30 days after coming home? Thankfully, there are ways you can help prevent hospital readmittance. Do the following three things and lessen his or her risk of readmittance.
Three Important Things To Do
- Make sure medications are properly managed. Talk with your loved one’s doctor to ensure all medications are compatible. Make a plan that enables you to keep track of dosage instructions, such as what time of day they need to be taken, whether they need to be taken with food, and other notes about the prescriptions. Using medication organizers will also be helpful. Adverse side effects from medications can be avoided by properly following directions and planning ahead.
- Schedule a follow up appointment right away. One reason patients are readmitted to the hospital is because issues arise and they do not see their doctor again in a timely manner. Make a follow up appointment and arrange for transportation ahead of time. This is a great opportunity for their doctor to check their progress and ensure there are no new complications.
- Watch for warning signs. Signs that your loved one may not be healing properly or regressing are important to monitor. Contact their doctor if they experience discomfort or are experiencing any alarming side effects. It is also critical to talk with your loved one about the importance of sharing how they are feeling. Studies have shown that many patients hold back if they are experiencing pain for fear of going back to the hospital. It is important for them to know that sharing any discomfort or concerns right away is the best way to ensure they don’t require a repeat trip a healthcare facility.
When your loved one is in the hospital, there are likely many issues that run through your mind. Not only are you in charge of their health care plan as their Family Caregiver, you are also emotionally involved. Having a partner in the process eases the stress of caregiving and gives you more time to play the role of a loving family member.
Let the professionals at Freudenthal Home Health help you do both. We bring supportive services, such as personal care, skilled nursing, medication management, transportation and therapy services right to the convenience of your loved one’s home. Call us today so we can start the caregiving journey together.