When our senior loved ones are released from the hospital and return to the comforts of their own home, the necessary measures should be taken to ensure that they will not be readmitted to the hospital. A home care companion can help with reducing hospital readmission rates. They are there to help and guide your senior family member back to health and prevent further illness.
To be sure your senior is getting the proper care after being released from the hospital, you will want to make sure you are hiring a home care companion that is trained and well qualified to help your loved one get back to being healthy. There are different illnesses that your senior may have experienced, such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, a hip or knee surgery, or something else; but in any case, a home care companion should work with the family and know the plan for getting your senior family member back to health and avoiding readmission to the hospital.
A home care companion should be able to help with the following to avoid readmission to the hospital:
- How to monitor symptoms and report anything suspicious or abnormal to a family member.
- They should know the signs to watch for worsening in a condition and should also know the signs of improvement in a condition. Both should be reported to a family member.
- They understand and take the necessary measures for any oxygen requirements or medication reminders. They are not able to actually administer any medical care, but can be there to make sure your loved one is taking the proper medications at the right time.
- A home care companion call follow a meal plan according to a health care provider’s orders to prepare nutritious meals for your loved one. Getting the proper nutrition and avoiding foods that a senior is not supposed to have are very important in nursing them back to health.
- A family member and home care companion should discuss the recuperation period for a senior’s illness so that the home care companion understands and knows what to watch for.
- If there are exercises that a senior family member should be doing as part of their rehabilitation process, a home care companion can instruct them on how to do them and be sure they are getting the exercise done.
- They can monitor that blood pressure readings are being taken; or in the case of diabetes, that blood sugar readings are being taken when they are supposed to be.
There are a variety of necessary precautions to take when caring for a senior after being released from the hospital. A home care companion can be sure they are getting the proper care, taking medications on time, and getting the exercise they need to reduce hospital readmission rates. The goal is to keep seniors safe and healthy and in their own homes.
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