Hospital Readmission: Reducing the Risk of Return

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Getting the “all clear” to go home from the hospital leaves little desire to return any time soon. Whether the stay was short-lived or weeks were spent under observation, being released from the hospital 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 who then return within a certain period of time. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as recurring or worsening symptoms, complications, infections, and more. While there are precautions that can be taken to help prevent another trip to the hospital, they can be more difficult to implement when other conditions are a factor. 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.

Here at Aqua Home Care, we understand the importance of home. Our team is pleased to help those requiring care find the services they need to live well and stay well after a hospital stay. 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. Your caregiver can provide 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
  • Monitoring for concerning behaviors/conditions
  • Providing assistance with following care instructions at home
  • 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 have to stay in. Upon being released, it is imperative that care instructions are followed to avoid a swift return. This may be harder for some due to other present conditions, and our Aqua Home Care team has the resources to find an experienced care professional who can assist with such tasks. 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 trusted caregiver nearby can help. We also understand, however, that sometimes hospital readmission is necessary and can be the safest option. Reducing your risk is key, and ensuring wellness is a top priority. For those in need of care at home after a hospital stay, we at Aqua Home Care are only a phone call away. 

 

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