Lowering Hospital Readmission Rates with Care at Home

Signs outside a hospital identifying the emergency room entrance.

Receiving discharge papers from a hospital can feel quite relieving. Whether the stay was short-lived or weeks were spent under observation, getting the all-clear to go home is a triumph. Unfortunately in some cases, there are individuals who find themselves reentering these facilities not long after leaving. Hospital readmission refers to patients who have been discharged, but then return within a certain period of time. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as recurring or worsening symptoms, complications, infection, and more.

While there are precautions that can be taken to help prevent additional hospital trips, they can be more difficult to implement when certain conditions are present. Those who require daily living assistance may not be fully able to follow doctor’s orders or attend follow-up appointments, increasing the risk for return. Aqua Home Care is pleased to help those requiring care find the services they need to live well and stay well. Matching compassionate caregivers with their clients is our specialty, and our experienced case managers make the process as seamless as possible for prospective in-home care recipients and their families. We understand the value of being able to stay in your own home rather than being admitted, or readmitted, to a care center, and having a caregiver nearby can help. Trusted providers offer services geared toward making hospital returns less likely, such as:

  • Keeping wound areas clean
  • Providing mobility assistance to reduce placing stress on an injury and to conserve physical energy
  • Offering medication reminders and assistance with refilling prescriptions 
  • Monitoring for concerning behaviors/conditions
  • Providing assistance with following discharge care instructions at home
  • Preparing meals to ensure proper nutrition
  • Keeping the home clean to prevent germs and bacteria that could cause illness or infection
  • Providing transportation to follow-up appointments

While hospitals are invaluable when it comes to treating and curing patients, they aren’t typically places individuals wish to be. Upon being released, it is imperative that care instructions are followed to avoid a swift return. While this may be harder for some, our Aqua Home Care team can help by finding an experienced care professional to assist with such tasks. We understand, however, that sometimes hospital readmission is necessary and can be the safest solution. Reducing your risk is key, and ensuring wellness is a top priority. For those in need of care at home after a hospital stay, or any time, please give Aqua Home Care a call today.

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