What You Can Do to Help Your Parent Avoid Hospital Readmission

September 16, 2016

Home Care in Nassau NY

Nearly 25 percent of elderly adults who go the hospital for heart failure-related issues will return within 30 days of discharge. That is one in every four seniors seeking this form of treatment. Among them, 61 percent will go back to the hospital within the first 15 days of discharge. Nearly 10 percent will be readmitted twice after their discharge, and nearly 3 percent will be readmitted three or more times. These statistics are particularly staggering when you consider that this is only one medical condition that causes seniors to enter the hospital and seek readmission.

Seniors who are readmitted to the hospital soon after discharge are at increased risk of infection, delirium, and other serious consequences that could threaten their health and wellbeing into the future. Helping them to avoid this hospital readmission protects them from serious consequences while also reducing strain on healthcare resources, saving you time and stress, and helping to ensure that their care and recovery efforts are as effective as possible.


Some of the things that you can do to help your parent avoid hospital readmission include:

Understand their condition. Before your aging parent even leaves the hospital, make sure that you understand what they are facing. Know not only the name of their diagnosis, but what that means, all medications and treatments that they will be using and how they are to use them, and what type of care efforts they will need to handle their recovery at home.

Consider home care. Having an in-home senior care services provider in the home with your elderly loved one in the time after their discharge helps to ensure that they get the care and support that they might need to help them through this recovery period. This can include offering them reminders to comply with their medications and treatments, helping with tasks such as taking care of the home while they recuperate, and paying close attention to their health and condition as they recover so that your parent and you can make proactive choices to protect them.

Offer emotional support. The reality is that many people who end up back in the hospital after discharge do so because of their loneliness, isolation, and desire for attention. These are common concerns for elderly adults, but seeking this support through a visit to the hospital is not healthy or productive. Instead, be there for your parent. Offer emotional support and love that will help them to feel not only acknowledged, relevant, and connected to their loved ones, but also more confident in their ability to manage their health needs. By offering them the emotional support and guidance that they desire, you can encourage them to feel less nervous and out of control when it comes to their care. They may feel worried that they cannot keep up with their recovery need, or that they are not doing what they need to in order to recover and move forward in a healthier way. Knowing that you are there for them can ease this feeling.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Nassau, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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