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3 Reasons Long-Term Care is Crucial to Help Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Tarrytown NY

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesWhen you’re young and strong and in relatively good physical condition, a hospitalization can be devastating. Yet for a younger, stronger individual the recovery process may not take nearly as long as it could for a senior. There are many ways to go about helping reduce hospital readmission rates for yourself and for an elderly loved one, but when you’re talking about an aging senior who may have less strength than they used to, long-term care may be necessary.

November is National Long Term Care Planning Month and here are three reasons to make sure you focus on this for your aging loved one.

Reason #1: Having a plan of action increases the chances of success.

If you don’t have a plan in place for just about anything you want to do in life, it’s going to be that much more difficult to be successful in it. That goes for recovering from any major medical emergency. Maybe your elderly mother has surgery planned and the doctors expect her to recover within a few weeks, which is great. However, if she doesn’t follow medical orders properly, it can have a negative adverse reaction to her recovery process.

On the other hand, maybe your mother suffered from a stroke and was hospitalized for more than two weeks before being sent to a nursing home for another two weeks. After that they expect several months of physical therapy and other work to help her recovery.

When you have a long-term plan in place, it will be easier to determine whether or not everything is on track.

Reason #2: During the first months following the hospitalization, support is readily available.

However, as the weeks progress fewer and fewer family members and friends will be stopping by to help out. This can make it more challenging to recover properly.

Reason #3: You can measure success.

As mentioned in the first reason, when you can sit there and measure whether or not your aging mother is actually improving, it’s going to make it easier for you or her to relay information to the doctor that can be critical.

It’s best not to wait until the last minute to get proper home care for an aging loved one who has been hospitalized. Think about this as a long-term recovery process and, when you do, you increase the chances of them making a full recovery as well as reducing hospital readmission rates.

For more information about how The Perfect Home Care, Inc. can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 917-399-5578.

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Geralyn DiGiovanni

Manager of Client Services at The Perfect Home Care, Inc.
Geralyn DiGiovanni has been marketing director of The Perfect Home Care since July, 2013. She’s responsible for promoting the agency by identifying and reaching out to market segments that align with the services offered by The Perfect Home Care. Among others, she works closely with geriatric care managers, elder care attorneys, and assisted living facilities. Her industry-specific experience includes multiple stints as a companion aide for seniors. She also has extensive experience in the publishing industry, where she worked as an account manager. “I love this industry and am passionate about working with seniors,” she says.