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Information on Chronic Conditions that Contribute to Readmissions

Returning Home - Conditions

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Does your loved one suffer from a chronic health condition? Data shows that hospital readmission rates are higher for discharged patients living with one of the following six chronic conditions.

  1. Arthritis:
    (US Edition | Canadian Edition)
  2. Congestive Heart Failure:
    (US Edition | Canadian Edition)
  3. Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack):
    (US Edition | Canadian Edition)
  4. Comorbidity (Two or more conditions):
    (US Edition | Canadian Edition)
  5. Transitions Diabetes:
    (US Edition | Canadian Edition)
  6. Pneumonia:
    (US Edition | Canadian Edition)
  7. COPD:
    (US Edition) | Canadian Edition)

Focusing on the specific needs of your loved one and accurately following the doctor's discharge instructions is critical to a successful recovery. Monitoring care once the senior has returned home by documenting progress and warning signs can help limit the risk of readmission. This section includes information on each condition and practical guidance relating to post-discharge care.

Download the Returning Home guide.

Download the Canadian Edition of the Returning Home: Transitional Care Guide

Last revised: April 20, 2012

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  1. July 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Posted by lheamae

    One big lifesaver from my exiperence around congestive heart failure is to be cognizant of EARLY signs of fluid retention which, when caught soon enough, may simply involve a phone call to patient's cardiologist allowing doctor to prescribe extra diuretics for time being. Relatives and friends AND patient can be educated regarding signs/symptoms. Some of these include increased shortness of breath and/or fluid accumulation (edema) in ankles. These must be addressed immediately as time is of the essence in avoiding yet another hospital visit.


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