Transitioning Home Care in Langhorne, PA

Supportive transitioning home care for seniors in the Langhorne area.

Studies show that the first weeks after being released from the hospital is critical when it comes to the success of a person's recovery. According to Medicaid records, 20 percent of seniors discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within 30 days. Surprisingly, the primary reason for problems that result in a readmission is not a medical complication, but rather it is a lack of proper care and support once the senior returns to their home.

The first mistake many people make is assuming that everything will be the same as it was. When a senior has a surgery, illness, or condition that requires hospitalization, things are not going to be the same for some time, if at all. Depending on the reason for hospitalization (heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, broken bones, etc), the current home situation may not be conducive to recovery.

Transitioning Home Care in Langhorne, PA

Transitioning home care is a specialized service designed to help seniors transition from the hospital to the home. The first thing transitioning home personnel look at is the home situation as it relates to the senior's current condition. For example, a senior who just had a hip replacement is not going to be climbing stairs to get to their bedroom. A makeshift bedroom on the ground floor of the home is often the best arrangement. Further, they will need help standing and sitting, so grab bars by the toilet and in the tub are essential to prevent falls. Other changes based on a senior's condition may include dietary adjustments, exercise routines, the use of assistive devices, etc.

Most seniors over 65 take several different medications as part of daily life. When returning home from the hospital, they typically take a few more to deal with their most recent issue. Adding medications on top of several other medications is tricky in the best of circumstances. When a senior is recovering from an injury or illness, they are seldom at their best, and it is not uncommon for mistakes to be made with medications, such as medication that is taken two times an hour instead of two times a day. This is one of the reasons improper medication management is the leading cause of hospital readmissions for seniors over 65.

Transitioning home care takes medication management very seriously. Not only will transitioning home care personnel help pick up medications from the pharmacy, but they can ensure the medication is properly stored, dosed, and administered according to the prescription. They can also keep a keen eye out for unwanted side effects.

Transitioning home care personnel still take care of a senior's basic needs as well. Standard care ranges from light housekeeping and laundry to preparing meals, running errands, and local transportation, including making sure the senior gets to their follow-up medical appointments.

In short, if your senior loved one ends up in the hospital, don't forget that things will not be the same when they return home. If you cannot be there to take care of them, transitioning home care can.

Comfort Keepers of Langhorne, PA provides leading in home care services to seniors in the following areas:

Bensalem, Bryn Athyn, Churchville, Hatboro, Holland, Huntingdon Valley, Langhorne and Southampton, PA

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