What is a hospital readmission? In order to answer the question of this blog, it’s important to understand what a readmission is ‘technically’ considered. Some hospitals measure readmissions within 60 days or 90 days of discharge, but the federal government measures it within 30 days.
So, a hospital readmission would be defined as a time when a person is readmitted within 30 days of their initial discharge, usually the result of some complication that may have been unavoidable. A person who was hospitalized because of a heart attack and was discharged and sent home and is suddenly readmitted because they were involved in a car accident that had nothing to do with their health issue is not going to be considered a ‘readmission.’
For those who are paying attention, there are some concerns about these rates.
The number one concern for most people when it comes to hospital readmission rates is the reason for a readmission in the first place. Was it because of a lack of information? Since the federal government is placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, hospitals and doctors are providing a lot more information about the ailment, injury, surgery, or other issues that led to the hospitalization in the first place, and more support options.
Was it because of a lack of concern on the patient’s part?
If an elderly person was hospitalized due to a slip and fall accident that resulted in a few broken ribs and maybe a dislocated shoulder, and they were observed for 24 to 48 hours, when they were discharged and told to rest, get exercise, work with a physical therapist, or whatever the doctor prescribed, but they didn’t really pay attention to that, the chances of recovering as they should have diminished significantly.
Was it because of the lack of support?
Some people don’t have anyone else living with them. Their spouse may have passed away, they may be divorced, their children may live across the country, their friends may be advancing in years and are unable to visit often, and they may not be very close with their neighbors.
If they don’t have adequate support, they may not rest as the need to, they may not get the exercise their doctor recommends, and they may not even get to follow up appointments that are essential to the recovery process.
If this is the reason -a lack of support- everyone should be aware that home care aides can help in all of these matters and that can improve chances of recovery and reduce the risk of a readmission.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Linden, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.
Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.
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