After a hospital stay, it is important to transition in a healthy way. By heeding the following seven tips, you will reduce the chance of a readmission into the rehabilitation center or healthcare facility that you just left. At Miami Home Care Services, we work with our at-home patients after they return home for conditions ranging from knee, hip, or shoulder problems to hospitalizations due to diabetes. Returning home with any of these conditions can be complicated when dementia is exhibited.
In general, the patient is responsible for most aspects of health recovery after they have been discharged from a hospital. The discharge planner reviews the recommendations with each patient but the information can be confusing. For this reason, it is a good idea to have someone with you as you go over the instructions.
In order to prevent the possibility of having to return to a health care facility shortly after discharge, keep these tips in mind.
1. Make sure that you understand your health problem or condition. Don’t hesitate to ask your nurses and physicians questions. When it comes to health information, curiosity is a very good thing.
2. Accept help from your family and friends during your recovery. They can help to keep you on target by getting you to your appointments and picking up your medication. Don’t turn down offers of help because you want to be independent during this time.
3. During discharge, the doctor will tell you the time frame for the first post-hospital check-up. Make the appointment as soon as you get home and show up for it. Don’t let your good work go to waste.
4. Call your pharmacist and make arrangements to pick up your prescriptions on your way home from the hospital. Arriving at home with everything you need allows you to focus on completing your recovery. It only takes a minute.
5. Make sure that you understand your treatment plan. Ask the pharmacist about side effects and understand when you should take your medicines for best effect. Keep a record, if requested.
6. Your home environment should be free of hazards, especially if you are returning home with impaired mobility. Eliminate fall hazards and have someone around until you are steadier on your feet. You may need additional help when showering or bathing.
7. Talk to a nutritionist about your dietary plan. They will provide a list of foods that are healthy for you to eat during your rehabilitation. Ask them for foods that should be eliminated from your diet as well.
When people live alone, they may need to hire a home care aide for a time. They are able to get you to your appointments and help with household chores. By having all of your ducks in a row, your recovery is more likely to be rapid and you will be less likely to be readmitted to a healthcare facility.
In the Miami and Dade county area you can find screened and certified home care aides through Miami Home Care Services. Call us at: (305)749-0445