No matter how long he’s spent in the hospital, your father is getting set for discharge. Things have improved to the point where doctors feel he would be better served at home, focusing on his recovery.
What many families don’t think about are readmission rates.
A hospital readmission would be any time your father, in this example, had to return and be admitted within 30 days of his discharge, usually due to some complication or other issues that could be prevented with proper care and support. While readmission rates are not the main concern of families or even those who have been hospitalized, the main issue is recovery. The two basically go hand-in-hand because as a person focuses on their recovery, following doctors’ instructions, taking medication as directed, exercising when advised, and so on, it can help reduce those risks of readmission.
There are things family can do to help prepare for this person’s return home.
First, they can clean.
If the house is dirty, cluttered, and basically dangerous and unhealthy for somebody to live in, it should be cleaned, at least as much as possible and within reason. Your father may be considered a hoarder and throwing everything out could have devastating consequences for him, so proceed with caution.
The main focus here is to promote safety. If there are things in the common walking areas, including the hallway, bedroom floors, kitchen, and so on, move them to another place to ensure your father’s safety once he returns home.
Second, check the lighting.
Now that we’re moving through winter, the nights have gotten longer and it’s more important than ever to have adequate lighting throughout the house, especially during those later afternoon and evening hours. If any light bulbs are out, replace them. If more lamps could be beneficial, consider adding them.
Third, hire home care support.
Your father, depending on his condition, may require a visiting nurse to come and administer medications, check IVs, check his vitals, and more.
Perhaps he only needs help getting around every once in a while. In this case, a home care aide would be an asset.
Find the ideal type of home care support he would need and have that ready to go. It’s easiest and most beneficial to rely on an agency because they offer flexibility, different types of services, and consistency.
When your father has these things in place when he’s discharged from the hospital, it will actually reduce the risk he is readmitted before long.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Vaughan, Canada, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.
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