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What Is a Hospital Readmission and Why Should You Care?

Reduce Hospital Readmissions League City TX

Maybe you’ve heard about the term before but have no idea what it actually means. A ‘hospital readmission’ is defined as any time a person needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge date.

Reduce Hospital Readmissions League City TX

Reduce Hospital Readmissions League City TX

What does this mean for the average individual?

It probably means very little. For seniors who may be at an increased risk of complications or a return trip to the hospital, it might not mean very much, either. However, it should.

Everyone should care about hospital readmissions because they can occur for a variety of factors.

First, there could be a complication, something unforeseen, that arises and causes issues. There may be some other underlying health issue the doctor was unable to discover when their patient was in the hospital undergoing tests.

Second, a person can contract an illness, such as the flu, which can complicate recovery and for the elderly that may very well become life-threatening quickly. If a person contracts an illness, it might require a readmission to the hospital.

Third, not following doctor’s instructions can complicate recovery. If a person is not paying attention to what their doctor recommended, is not following through with physical therapy, changing their diet, getting exercise, taking certain prescription medications, and other things, the chances of recovery diminish and, subsequently, the risk of a readmission increases.

When a person has to be readmitted to the hospital, it’s not good. They still might be able to recover fully, but the older an individual is and the more they’re dealing with other health factors, the greater the risk of more serious complications.

Few people would ever admit they wouldn’t mind returning to the hospital, especially following a medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, injuries sustained in an accident, or major surgery. Yet, far too many people underestimate the importance of doing the right thing for their recovery.

Some may not know what to do.

Some people, some seniors, may rely on family members and friends for support, but none of them have any prior experience helping a senior through this type of situation. Without proper experience, mistakes can happen. Some things can be overlooked. Opportunities can be missed.

That’s why it’s so important to rely on the proper level of home care support services for any senior who has been hospitalized. Reducing the chance of needing to be readmitted helps to promote a healthier recovery and get that senior back to life as he or she knew it as quickly as possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in League City TX, please call and talk to the caring staff at Serenity Gardens at Dickinson: (832) 315-3219 or Friendswood: (832) 895-3448.

Assisted Living Specializing in Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Serving League City, Webster/Clear Lake, Friendswood, Dickinson, Galveston, Kemah, Houston, Texas City, Santa Fe, La Marque.

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Melia Boone

Melia Boone is the owner of Serenity Gardens. Serenity Gardens is a residential care home that specializes in caring for those with memory impairments, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy-Body and other types of dementia.

Our home is designed with the purpose of offering a “homelike environment” to sixteen residents. Services are provided in a warm, friendly and comfortable homelike environment. Delicious meals, adult oriented activities, laughter of children and stimulating outings round out the living experience at Serenity Gardens.

Our home offers a beautiful courtyard where residents are free to wander around the grounds within the secure perimeter.

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