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The Role of Home Care in Preventing Hospital Readmissions

Owners, health care professionals and Home Instead Senior Care clients discuss the important role that Home Instead has played in the lives of patients coming home from the hospital.

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The Importance of a Health Care Power of Attorney

A health care power of attorney, also called a health care proxy or a durable power of attorney for health care, helps protect your loved one's end-of-life wishes. It is a document that appoints a trusted individual to make decisions regarding your loved one's medical care, and it becomes effective when he or she can no longer communicate effectively or coherently with others.

Determining best place for senior loved one to recover

Determining the Best Place for Your Loved One to Recover

What do you do when your loved one is discharged from the hospital and needs continuing health care? Deciding upon the best course for care isn't always easy to do so it is important to understand what options are available and what issues need to be considered before making this important decision.

Assessing the amount of care needed for a senior coming home from the hospital.

How to Assess the Amount of Care Needed

It is wonderful news to find out that your loved one is being discharged from the hospital and will be coming home soon. As a family caregiver you know there may be extra work and time involved in bringing your loved one home, but how do you go about assessing the actual amount of care needed and how much time it will take?

Caregivers creating a plan of care for their senior loved one.

Creating a Plan of Care

When a loved one is coming home from the hospital, it is important to have a good plan of care in place to help ensure a smooth transition home and to minimize stress for both the family caregiver and his or her loved one.

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Understanding What Insurance Provides

Understanding what health insurance covers is among the most difficult financial issues that family caregivers and their senior loved ones face.

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Tips on Selecting Home Medical Equipment

We'd all like to think that upon discharge from a hospital our senior loved one will be 100 percent better and ready to resume normal activity. But in most cases, more recovery time is usually needed. And in many instances, it might require the purchase of medical equipment for use while your loved one finishes his or her recuperation at home.

Guidelines for a safe home transfer

Guidelines for a Safe Home Transfer

Bringing your senior loved one home from the hospital or other medical facility requires a number of safety considerations. From the moment they leave their hospital room to the time they get settled in back home, it is imperative that you plan ahead to make sure the transition from hospital to home is free of dangers and as comfortable as possible.

Home Instead Senior CAREGiver helping a senior lady with her medications.

Managing New Medications

When your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, she or he is likely to come home with several new medications. Making sure that these new medications are taken correctly and don't create any adverse effects with existing medications is vital to ensuring your loved one's recovery.

Caregiver helps her senior loved one manage a follow-up doctor's appointment.

How to Manage Follow Up Appointments

Before your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, he or she will likely receive a list of scheduled and/or recommended follow-up medical appointments. In order to keep his or her recovery on track, it's imperative that you help make sure your senior gets to each and every appointment.

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  • It can be very nerve-wracking when your senior loved one is admitted to a hospital or healthcare facility. And likely, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is what happens when the doctor discharges your loved one.

    But thinking about the returning home process right from the start is one of the best things you can do for your senior loved one. Discharge is a key point in the recovery process. Planning ahead and preparing for a safe return home can mean the difference between readmission and a full recovery. Many issues factor into why older adults are vulnerable to problems at home after they have been in a medical, hospice or rehabilitation setting. In this section we offer you a number of resources, guidelines and tools to help you make your senior’s transition home go smoothly and result in a successful recovery.

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