Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Salisbury NC
Getting set to be discharged from the hospital can be a great time for family members to celebrate. When Elizabeth had been hospitalized following a heart attack, her family worried about what to expect next. She was 76 years old, widowed, and living alone. She had a tendency to avoid relying on other people for help and didn’t even want to talk about the prospect of home care.
But when her doctor began talking about hospital readmission rates, how to reduce them, and the importance of setting up the right type of support once she was discharged, there was no way to avoid the conversation any longer. She knew her family was going to begin talking about having her move into assisted living or in with one of them.
She knew a plan had to be put in place in order to provide them comfort and maximize her chances of making a full recovery (which her doctor said was going to be possible, as long as she followed her orders and got the right level of exercise). She sat down with her eldest daughter, who lived a short distance away from her, to figure out a plan.
She wanted to be prepared. Her entire life, Elizabeth had always been prepared. In fact, she would argue, many of her children would have said she was overly prepared for just about every situation. She just never made plans for a heart attack.
So she and her oldest daughter sat down one morning at the hospital the day before she was set to be discharged and sent home. They wrote down ideas and worked out a plan. The first part of the plan was to contact a couple of local home care agencies to find out availability for home care aides.
Her daughter was surprised to hear her talk about this, but when she explained why she wanted to do this, that she wanted to remain at home rather than moving somewhere else, her daughter was proud of her.
Next, Elizabeth wanted her children to call her on a regular basis to check in on her. She asked her oldest daughter to be the point person to make sure there were no issues arising that somebody else might’ve picked up on.
Finally, Elizabeth’s daughter agreed to stop by every couple of days to make sure she had everything she needed, to pick up any prescription medications that needed to be refilled, and help her mother do other tasks the home care aides couldn’t do.
This was a decent plan that ultimately helped reduce hospital readmission rates because it put Elizabeth on the road to recovery. September is National Preparedness Month and it’s a good idea to always be prepared for that return trip home from the hospital.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Salisbury NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at (704) 207-0265!
I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.
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