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3 Reasons Long-Term Care Might Be Needed to Avoid a Return Trip to the Hospital

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Naples FL

November is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month and when somebody has been hospitalized, either for a heart attack, stroke, or other medical emergency, due to injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, following major surgery, or for anything else, the last thing they want is to return to the hospital once they’ve been discharged.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Naples FL

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Naples FL

Hospitals have been increasing access to information and other support services in order to reduce readmission rates. Their main motivation may be to avoid fines being imposed by the federal government, but the benefits to each patient become clear.

Many people focus on short-term care. 

Following a hospitalization, when a senior is being set for discharge, he or she is likely advised to have proper care and support ready for when they return home. Some may have to go to a nursing home for a week or two for proper monitoring and extra assistance. When they’re finally sent home, they need to have proper care ready for them.

Far too many people focus on short-term care only. They may think extra assistance will only be required for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, at best.

However, things can change. Here are three reasons why long-term care might be necessary following a hospital stay.

Reason #1: Significant health issues. 

Following a heart attack, a person may hear their doctor say they should make a good recovery, but if there are other health issues at play, it can complicate recovery. This doesn’t mean they will necessarily have to be re-hospitalized, but they may not be able to support themselves properly for a while.

Reason #2: Slow recovery. 

Everyone’s different. Everyone’s motivation will vary. One person may be extremely motivated to get back to their full health and strength while another might have difficulty doing certain activities with a physical therapist or other care provider.

If recovery is slower than expected, then extra care is going to be needed for more than just a few weeks or a couple of months.

Reason #3: Inadequate short-term care. 

If a person relies on a spouse, adult child, or other family member or friend for their primary physical support, those individuals may not have the right experience to help them. As a result, there could be numerous missed opportunities to get back to their full health and vitality.

If those missed opportunities pile up, it could lead to a requirement for longer term care and possibly a return trip to the hospital.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Naples, FL,  contact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.

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Deborah Irvine

Deborah Irvine and her husband reside in Martin County Florida. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two daughters. Deborah completed her nursing degree at Palm Beach Community College in 1986 and is a Registered Nurse. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hobe Sound Bible College. Deborah worked for 9 years at Martin Memorial Hospital as a Medical/Surgical Nurse and then went into Home Health care, working for two years at a Medicare Home Health company. In 1997 Deborah went to work at Family Private Care where she started as an Independent Contractor nurse, and was soon promoted to the Director of Nursing, then became their General Manager and currently serves as Family Private Care’s President.

Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.

Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.

Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.

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