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What the Senior Should Do Before Discharge to Avoid a Readmission

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in New York NY

For any senior who has been hospitalized, whether it was for support following major surgery, following a heart attack or stroke, due to pneumonia, or for any other reason, when they are being Reduce-Hospital-Readmission-Rates-in-New-York-NYdischarged, it means their health is stabilized enough so they can move on to the next phase of their recovery.

That can include a couple of weeks at a nursing home if they require a significant level of direct medical assistance around-the-clock. If not, they will likely be sent home to continue with the recovery.

Most people aren’t focused on reducing hospital readmission rates, but they should be. A hospital readmission means that a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. That basically means recovery did not go as well as it may have been expected that the doctor had hoped it would.

The doctor and hospital are limited on how much influence they have on the recovery itself. Although they will likely give discharge instructions, they can’t force a person to follow through with physical therapy, take the prescription medications, or anything else.

Many seniors, when they are lying in the hospital being told they are about to be discharged, may focus on relief that they’re finally getting out of there. Before allowing their mind to race ahead, they should pay attention to doctor’s instructions and ask questions if needed.

The value of questions.

If an elderly individual asks questions, it not only tells the doctors he or she was paying attention, it also allows them an opportunity to clarify those instructions.

Anything that is confusing will likely be neglected. So, if the senior is confused about getting exercise following a heart attack, he or she may avoid exercise to air on the side of caution. However, exercise is often incredibly important in the recovery from a heart attack because it helps to strengthen the heart muscles.

Before discharge, seniors should ask questions about anything they don’t fully understand. This will help to reduce any potential risk of hospital readmission.

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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