How to Ensure a Safer Recovery at Home for Seniors
Recovery at home for seniors after a hospitalization takes time. Not merely do older bodies take more time to mend, but there are further considerations that can arise: reduced mobility and numerous instructions to follow for dietary restrictions, medications, follow-up appointments, and physical activities, just to name a few.
A research study carried out by IPC, The Hospitalist Company divulged that around 20% of discharged patients needed help and support in a minimum of one area that had the possibility to influence their recovery. Other similar studies have shown that engaging the services of professional senior care in the home through the transition from hospital to home can in fact cut down on hospital readmissions.
As a leading provider of elderly care in San Diego, CA and the neighboring areas, San Diego Home Caregivers is here to aid older individuals with safe transitions home from the hospital. We can begin with post-discharge planning right after hospital admission to determine the senior’s needs, ensuring coordinated efforts and continuity of care.
We can work together with the hospital care team to develop a recovery plan that includes:
- Any necessary medical equipment
- Medical concerns and exactly what to do in the event of potential effects
- List of meds being taken, allergies, and dietary restrictions
- Scheduled follow-up appointments
Once back at home, we provide a full selection of customized home care services, such as:
- Health condition monitoring and reporting of changes in condition
- Medication reminders to make sure prescriptions are taken as directed
- Planning and preparing healthy meals
- Picking up prescriptions and running other errands
- Assisting with doctor-approved exercises
- And more
Following is just one instance of a family we assisted with our professional home care services:
Mrs. L’s adult daughter is an immensely busy working mom. When Mrs. L required a surgical procedure, her daughter didn’t know how she could be able to manage her mother’s care after discharge. San Diego Home Caregivers was on hand to assist.
Our home care team was there to make sure that the medical team’s orders were followed, that medications were taken properly and that no adverse side effects were experienced. We provided reports after each visit to Mrs. L’s family, ensuring they were advised on the recovery and contacting them immediately if there was clearly any reason for concern. In addition, we continually monitored Mrs. L’s plan of care for progress toward desired goals and any modifications in care that were needed were brought to the physician’s attention.
We realize that the majority of older adults prefer to recover in the comfort of home. By working with you and following doctors’ recommendations, San Diego Home Caregivers’ care staff can design a plan that is ideal for a senior you love.
Our number one priority is making the transition from hospital to home a less complicated process, and making sure seniors are on the road to recovery. Contact us online or call (619) 487-9000 to schedule an in-home consultation to learn more about our customized in-home care services for seniors.