Experience a Safer Transition from Hospital to Home with Professional In-Home Care
Recovery after a medical procedure can take some time, particularly for a senior loved one. Not only are older bodies slower to mend, but coupled with reduced mobility and numerous directions for medications, physical activities, follow-up appointments, and nutritional constraints, there is a lot to account for after surgery.
In a recent study led by IPC, The Hospitalist Company, nearly one in five discharged patients required assistance in at least one area that had the possibility to impact their recovery. Other similar studies show that bringing in help for care transitions decreases hospital readmissions.
As the premier Elmhurst senior care agency, Home & Hearth Caregivers is here to help your senior loved one make a successful transition from hospital to home by supplying reliable in-home care to help toward recovery. We can start assisting with post-discharge planning shortly after admission to the hospital to assess your senior loved one’s needs, ensuring coordinated efforts and continuity of care.
We will work together with the hospital care team to carry out a recovery plan that includes:
- Scheduled follow-up appointments
- List of medications, allergies and dietary restrictions
- Physical activity plans
- Required medical equipment
- List of medical issues and how to respond to potential symptoms
While at home, we can:
- Prepare diet-specific, nourishing meals
- Assist with bathing and dressing
- Make certain medications are taken on schedule
- Help connect the older adult with area resources
- Supply transportation for medical appointments
Here is one example of an Elmhurst-area family we worked with:
Mr. L’s adult daughter is a busy working mother. When Mr. L needed to go in for minor surgery, his daughter wasn’t sure how she could possibly take care of her father’s care once he was discharged. Home & Hearth Caregivers was there to help.
By providing regular visits, our in-home caregiver monitored Mr. L, including his diet and activity levels, making sure medications were taken as prescribed and the physician’s plan of care was carried out according to directions. We delivered post-visit reports to Mr. L’s family, keeping them apprised on his recovery and notifying them instantly if we had cause for concern, or observed the early signs of concerns that could lead to a readmission to the hospital. Additionally, we regularly reviewed Mr. L’s care plan for advancement towards goals and any care changes that should be recommended were brought to the doctor’s attention.
We understand that many older adults would prefer to recover in the comfort and familiarity of home. By working together with you and implementing the doctor’s instructions, Home & Hearth Caregivers’ compassionate and professional in-home care staff can implement a plan best suited to care for your senior loved one.
Making the transition from hospital to home successful and safe, and keeping your senior loved one on the road to recovery, is our number one goal. Call us today at 800-349-0663 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an in-home consultation. We’d love to meet you and learn more about how we can help you and your senior loved one with the very best Elmhurst senior care, provided where it’s most comfortable – right at home.