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Use this guide, offered by the Home Instead® network, to learn about five preventative actions that could keep an older adult out of the hospital. Whether you’re a family member or professional caregiver, this guide identifies potential warning signs and risks as well as some solutions that offer five key actions to help prevent senior hospitalization.

Download the 5 Ways Guide to Prevent Senior Hospitalizations

Last revised: October 19, 2018

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  1. April 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Posted by Douglas collis

    looking forward to reading this.


  2. April 10, 2015 at 6:34 am | Posted by Denise

    My family has been caring for Mom for almost 2 years. It's breaks my heart to see her slip away a little each day. I love the moments at the end of the day when I crawl up into her bed and we just look into each others eyes. It helps me remember that this is Mom... different.. but still Mom who has always loved me and who I will love forever.


  3. February 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm | Posted by Robin Brunetti

    I am writing because my mother recently had to be put in a facility. I called her one afternoon and she didn't answer so I called my brother who lived close by to check on her. She had fallen and had to be hospitalized. She had a UTI that was pretty severe. Social Services suggested that she be put in rehab, whic she didn't participate like she was supposed to. And my oldest brother found a facility close to their hou where they are able to check in on her daily. I live several hundreds of miles away and have MS and am unable to help. Long story short, my mother wants to come home. Mentally and physically she can't take care of herself and it would be dangerous. My brothers and I get a little flack about her being in this facility but I think given the circumstances, right now, this is the safest for her.


  4. February 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm | Posted by sandi

    my sis now in care place.feel so guilty she begs me to come get her,saids she will only bother me a day she will find a place first she must know she is welcome any time.her memory she will just leave i can.t help her clean her self she is so asurted a trait i admired in her.a year now nothing changed memory sliding more said she took bus their ,we had so much fun good times never argued,read all these post don't see how you all doing it .i have copd and plus she is clean warm ,i miss her her doctor said she would control me to all these beautiful stories .not looking for pity or more guilt just unwiding no no one else to help.god bless us all.maybe for future their will be places we can take each other in as guest to get some time again take lonly hours away from you and me.


  5. February 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Posted by Rashidat

    The room should be lightly luminated to prevent geriatic falling.


  6. February 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm | Posted by Allene Higgins

    I would like hard copies of this 5 Ways Guide to Prevent Senior Hospitalizations


    • February 9, 2015 at 11:00 am | Posted by ML Hawk

      Allene, you may download a hard copy by clicking on "5 Ways Guide" (US=United States, CA = Canada).


  7. February 1, 2015 at 9:49 am | Posted by Karen

    Thought I would never see the day when mom told me that in the middle of the night he could not find his bed room.


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