5 Ways Interactive Care Services Create a Smooth Transition Home for Seniors
A smooth transition home is the key to a senior citizen’s successful recovery from surgery or illness. When senior citizens are discharged from the hospital, it is critical that continuity of care is fostered – especially during the first three weeks after discharge. With the proper support and transitional services, senior citizens are more likely to enjoy a safe, speedy recovery while maintaining their independence. Below are five benefits of using an interactive care agency to transition from the hospital back to the home.
How can home care services facilitate the transition home?
Patient care reports indicate that roughly one in five patients suffer an adverse event within three weeks of their discharge. This statistic is particularly worrisome when the discharged patients are senior citizens who already have a higher risk of injury and disease. Fortunately, you can facilitate recovery and prevent adverse events by enlisting the support of a professional home care assistance provider. Below are five ways that home care services can facilitate a senior citizen’s transition from the hospital to the home.
1) Recovering seniors receive assistance with household errands.
A clean home facilitates recovery by reducing allergens and improving safety. However, many senior citizens do not have the strength to properly clean their own homes, especially when they are recovering from a hospital stay. Transitional care providers help recovering seniors by cleaning the senior’s living space and preparing nutritional meals.
2) Family and friends have an opportunity to relax and catch up on their own lives.
Senior citizens often depend on friends and loved ones for support, companionship, and assistance with errands. By providing transitioning care, a professional home care agency offers relief to friends and family members who are already juggling multiple responsibilities.
3) In-home care providers help reduce the likelihood of adverse incidents.
Roughly 20% of people experience an unintended injury or complication in the three weeks after they are discharged from the hospital. The support of a transitional care provider can help prevent adverse events during the recovery process. Transitional care providers are professionally trained to recognize safety threats and help maintain a healthful living environment. For instance, they ensure that hallways and living space is free of clutter and make sure bathrooms have been inspected for potential safety hazards.
4) Seniors receive assistance with transportation to follow-up appointments.
Follow-up care plays a critical role in a senior citizen’s recovery from illness. Unfortunately, follow-up care is often overlooked due to poor communication between medical providers and the patient. Additionally, senior citizens often lack access to safe transportation to and from their follow-up appointments. Transitional home care providers are able to provide recovering seniors with a safe means of transportation to and from medical appointments, thereby aiding the recovery process.
5) Coordination with medical staff is improved.
Senior citizens sometimes have difficulty remembering to take medications and following their aftercare treatment plans. Transitional care providers help senior citizens follow their treatment plans and respond to communications from medical staff. They are also trained to contact a nurse or medical doctor if a senior citizen is exhibiting signs of serious illness or relapse.
Selecting an Expert in Homecare Transition
The best way to help a senior citizen make a smooth transition home is to enlist the support of an industry expert. Please contact us to learn how our team of home care experts can make the transition home a smooth one for you or a loved one. Our home care providers are fully bonded, insured, and professionally trained to provide the highest quality of home care assistance. Most important, the Comfort Keepers team is ready to help you complete your recovery process in the comfort of your home.