It’s easy to dismiss the concerns of others, especially when you don’t see the challenges they view in the same way. For example, an elderly person who has been hospitalized following a slip and fall accident where they sustained a sprained ankle might try to brush this off. This individual may still feel like he or she is in their 40s or 50s and doesn’t really understand how significant this simple injury is.
If somebody has to be admitted and spend at least one night in the hospital, when they are discharged, there will likely be some length of time required for this recovery process. It could be a matter of days, but more often than not the older a person is, it becomes weeks or even months.
If this senior is not concerned about readmissions, they should.
There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about readmissions. If a person has to be hospitalized once again, within 30 days of their discharge date or even 60 or 90, it’s a sign that in most cases this could have been avoided. There are going to be times when accidents happen, complications arise, or other factors that were not preventable, but most of the time they are.
Now, why should more people pay attention to readmissions?
It can be costly.
Even though a person might have great health insurance, they also have co-pays. There also will be maximum payouts on the policy, which means if a person constantly returns to the hospital time and time again, they will eventually use up their maximum amount allowed.
It can also be costly in a physical and health related sense. In other words, every time somebody needs to be readmitted, it means there are issues that can be slowing them down and creating a greater risk of other complications arising in the near future.
It usually means less activity.
The longer somebody spends in the hospital, the less active they will be. The more times they have to be readmitted, the longer the recovery will likely take, which means it will be even longer before they can return to some semblance of normalcy, if that is even possible anymore.
Finally, less time in the hospital will mean a higher quality of life.
When somebody is constantly surrounded by beeping, doctors and nurses coming and going, orderlies, sharing a room with others, coughing, and much more, they will report quality of life as being far less than if they were home recovering.
Most people would prefer not to be in the hospital, but if they don’t pay attention to the risk of readmissions, it means they could very well find themselves right where they don’t want to be.