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An Important Conversation That Should Take Place Before Someone’s Discharged from the Hospital

After lying in a hospital bed for a couple of weeks, most people are anxious to get out of there and get back home. Their doctor may come in to check on them and give them the good news: “You’re getting out of here.” It feels great, but before that actually happens, it’s a good idea to sit down with this person and discuss something important.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in East Windsor NJ: Discuss Home Care Before Discharge

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in East Windsor NJ: Discuss Home Care Before Discharge

That topic is home care services.

Unless the individual being discharged from the hospital is completely fine, given a clean bill of health, and not instructed to work with a physical therapist, exercise to regain strength, or rely on a cane or walker to get around for the first couple of days or weeks, it may be necessary to have help.

The more help that’s relied upon, the greater the chances for recovery.

If a person just goes home and tries to take care of everything on their own, they might actually be increasing the chances of a slip and fall, have a mishap, or deal with another medical emergency that could have them racing back to the hospital in the back of an ambulance within a few days or weeks. If they return to the hospital and are admitted once again within 30 days of their discharge, that might very well be considered a readmission, based on the federal government’s guidelines.

No one really wants that to happen.

Unfortunately, some people will overestimate their physical capabilities, strength, and health. They may assume their doctor is taking a precautionary route and since they feel great, feel energized, and are more than anxious to get out of the hospital, it was just advice that didn’t need to be taken that seriously.

People need to be aware of their health issues.

Whatever the reason a person was hospitalized, whether it was because of major surgery, injuries sustained in an accident, a heart attack or stroke or some other medical emergency, or even an illness like pneumonia, they need to be aware of what has happened, what risks there are to their health moving forward, and how important it is to rely on assistance and support once they’re discharged and sent home.

Not everyone is going to accept outside assistance, but those who do actually stand a better chance of recovering as their doctor might expect than if they tried to do everything on their own.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in East Windsor, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.

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Teresa Sajkowski, RN BSN CHPN

Trust Owners Teresa & Vincent Sajkowski with all of your home care needs. Independence Home Care was founded in 2010 by Teresa, Vincent and their family who have a combined total of over 75 years of professional Home Care experience. Together we have created Independence Home Care to improve Home Health Care and to allow our clients to remain Independent in the privacy and comfort of their own home.

With the owners of the company directly involved in the care for our clients, we provide a more compassionate hands-on-approach. We pride ourselves on hard work, honesty, and communication. Independence Home Care is truly unique in the services we provide when compared to other franchised and big business organizations.

Independence Home Care is one of New Jersey’s largest non-franchised, family owned home care agency.

We promote health and independence for all our clients while offering support and respite for their loved ones. We understand the need for independence and importance of meeting this basic need. Our caregiver’s can provide you with the quality of life you deserve.

We not only provide you with a carefully selected caregiver to match you or your loved one, we also continue to be involved and provide specific additional care without any extra costs, such as Registered Nurse Case Supervision, 24-hour On-Call, and Specialized Alzheimer and Dementia training and much, much more.

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