Many elderly adults end up needing medical attention at the emergency room each year. Falls, other accidents, injuries, illnesses, and infections can all result in the urgent need for medical care, and when this happens, it is important that they not only get the medical care that they need, but that they continue the benefits of this care after discharge. Seniors are at high risk of hospital readmission, which is a return to the hospital within 30 days after discharge. As their family caregiver, you can help your parent to stay safer, start their recovery, and avoid readmission by making sure that both of you are properly prepared even before they leave the emergency room.
Some questions that you should ask before your parent is discharged from the emergency room include:
- What is their diagnosis?
- What brought the medical team to this diagnosis?
- What is the prognosis?
- What interventions were used in the emergency room and why?
- What prescriptions will your parent be on?
- What are these prescriptions meant to do?
- What follow-up care will your parent need?
- What risks is your parent currently facing?
- What should you look out for during recovery and when should you call the doctor if you notice these issues?
- What type of care can you and a home care provider do for your parent after they get home to help them recover effectively?
- What types of lifestyle choices should your parent make during recovery to help them improve their health?
Do not hesitate to ask questions and write down as much information as you need to during the discharge process to ensure that your parent and you are both properly prepared to handle their recovery after discharge or to manage whatever challenges led them to the hospital, and to reduce the risk of readmission.
If your aging parent has been struggling with challenges and limitations, their needs have increased and you are not able to handle them effectively, or your schedule has gotten busier and you are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can act as a support and supplement to the care that you give your parent to ensure that they have continued access to everything that they need to stay healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable while also encouraging as much independence, engagement, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place. This means that you can have peace of mind knowing that they are in the best hands when you are with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Ardmore, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347