There are plenty of ways people can help aging and disabled family members, especially after they have been hospitalized. Offering physical support maybe one of them, but emotional support can also be just as important. One thing that commonly gets overlooked, though, is the value in hiring a home care aide or other set of caregivers.
There are actually plenty of reasons why home care can not only improve the chances of recovery, but also reduce the risk of a hospital readmission. If an elderly person or other individual has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, that is technically considered a readmission. That is not a good thing and is certainly one to avoid.
Below are three ways that a home care aide, visiting nurse, physical therapist, or other caregiver can actually be beneficial at reducing these risks and promoting a healthier recovery.
1. Being there when family can’t.
Even if this person has a husband or wife who has been by their side for decades, that doesn’t mean he or she is going to be available to help them anytime of the day or night. Adult children and friends may want to support this individual, but most people have other things to do during the day as well.
If family can’t be there in the morning, for example, to help this person get out of bed, get dressed, and get ready for the day, home care aides can step in and provide that assistance.
2. They help to keep the senior focused on doctor’s instructions.
When the doctor has provided instructions, it may seem reasonable and easy enough for the elderly person to follow them, but the longer recovery goes on for, the more frustrating it might seem or the more confusing some of those instructions can be.
Experienced home care aides have worked with other clients providing the same types of support which means they often have a number of effective strategies that can help them stay on task with those instructions.
3. They might notice subtle signs of problems earlier than family.
The more experience a home care aide has, the more likely they will pick up on even the subtlest signs of complications that could lead to a readmission. By picking up on these signs early enough, they can encourage the elderly client to make an appointment and visit with his or her doctor and that could get on top of things, helping them avoid a lengthy return trip to the hospital.
If you or a family member are in need of home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Plantation, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.