Hospital readmissions are a risk to seniors many family caregivers don’t think about.
It can, however, put their senior at serious risk. Hospital readmission is described as returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to an illness, injury, or medical procedure. Sometimes this type of readmission is necessary, but in many others, it is not, and can lead to challenges and health problems.
Going back to the hospital can cause many hazards for your elderly parent, and one such risk is the possibility of developing hospital-induced delirium.
Hospital-induced delirium is an altered state of mental functioning, behavior, or awareness, and it can be very dangerous for an older adult. Seniors have a high risk of developing this condition, putting them at risk of more serious health issues as well as death, with experts estimates of half of all those seniors who are hospitalized will develop delirium.
The risk for developing this condition increases for those who have undergone surgery or who are in the intensive care unit but also increases simply the more times a person is in the hospital. Heading back to the hospital after discharge can be dangerous for many reasons, but this is one of the most pressing. Because the development of delirium is not reliant on any one particular condition or factor, even a senior who does not need to be in the hospital does have the potential of developing the condition if they have other risk factors, such as pain, infection, or dementia.
Some ways you can reduce the risk your parent will head back to the hospital after discharge include:
- Make sure they understand their condition and their expected symptoms and challenges before they leave.
- Ensure they understand their medications, doses, and side effects. Many elderly adults will get nervous when they begin to experience side effects and will return to the hospital thinking there is something wrong when the effects are actually completely normal.
- Put measures into place to ensure they have access to the level of care and support they need throughout their recovery. They might struggle to do basic tasks in their home, as well as personal care tasks, and having help with these from you or a home care provider can be instrumental in helping them through their recovery and preventing complications.
- Stay in touch with your loved one as they are going through the recovery. Make sure they are following the guidelines from their doctor, that they are doing well emotionally, and that you address any health challenges or side effects quickly and effectively
Home care can be extremely valuable after your elderly loved one leaves the hospital.
Not only can an in-home senior care services provider help your aging parent with the steps of their healing and recovery process, but they can also be instrumental in reducing the risk of hospital readmission.
Often elderly adults struggle with feelings of isolation and not having enough attention, which can lead to them wanting to go back to the hospital. The personalized care services, dedicated companionship, and attention of this care provider can reduce this feeling and encourage your senior to recover at home and stay healthier.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Bryn Mawr, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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