Transitioning from Acute Care Facilities to Living at Home
Transitioning from care in an acute facility In-Home Care can be one of the most challenging times for elderly loved ones.
As many as one in five Medicare patients will be readmitted within 30 days from an acute care facility after being discharged with 30 days. It is estimated that this readmission pattern can cost Medicare as much as 2.6 Billion annually.
It’s also estimated that upwards to 75% of these re-admissions can be avoided with better care transitions.
The Role of In-Home Care and Care Transitions for Elderly
Many elderly people transitioning from acute care facilities after things like knee replacement and hip surgery and outpatient procedures can be at risk for readmission or further complications without good care transitions in place for them to be able to live at home successfully.
For many family caregivers they can often be overwhelmed or unprepared for the amount of care that is needed for successful care transitions.
In home care such as alliance senior care specialty care services play a valuable role in helping elderly patients transition from an acute care facility to living at home.
Making Your Home Safe
Some of the best ways to help your care transitions for an elderly loved one is to make your home safer. There are many things that you can do to make it easier for your elderly loved one to transition successfully to living at home.
Here is a list of 6 tips to make your home safer but we have found very useful and recommend to our clients.
1. Install grab bars in the bathroom: Installing grab bars in the bathroom is a great way to make a home safe for an elderly person who has just had a hip replacement. Grab bars provide extra support and stability when getting in and out of the shower or bathtub.
2. Install non-slip mats in the bathroom: Non-slip mats are essential for preventing slips and falls in the bathroom. Place them in the shower, bathtub, and around the sink to provide extra traction and stability.
3. Installing and/or securing handrails on staircases: Installing handrails on staircases is a great way to make a home safe for an elderly person who has just had a hip replacement. Handrails provide extra support and stability when going up and down the stairs.
4. Remove and or Secure throw rugs: Throw rugs can be a tripping hazard for elderly people who have just had a hip replacement. Remove any throw rugs from the home to reduce the risk of falls.
5. Install motion-sensor lights in the Home: Motion-sensor lights are a great way to make a home safe for an elderly person who has just had a hip replacement. Motion-sensor lights will turn on automatically when someone enters a room, providing extra visibility and safety.
6. Make sure furniture is arranged for ease of movement: Arranging furniture properly for ease of movement is essential for making a home safe for an elderly person who has just surgery or outpatient procedure. Make sure furniture is arranged in a way that provides plenty of space to move around and that there are no obstacles in the way.
Alliance Senior Care In-Home Care services specializes in caring for your elderly loved ones. Our re-admission rate is zero.
To get started with In-Home Care can help improve your loved ones’ quality of life, call Alliance Senior Care at 248-274-2170. It’s not just In-Home Care, it is Integrated Care.
Home Care Services are an excellent resource for family caregivers and seniors alike.
Alliance Senior Care Home Care services offer a wide range of services providing healthcare, daily living assistance, transportation to and from Doctor’s appointments and tailored care services for additional circumstances.