As our parents age, they are more prone to being admitted to a rehabilitation center, after hospitalization, before returning home. Many times, due to new onset and/or exacerbation of current medical conditions, older adults are discharged home with changes such as new specialists/medical doctors, new or changes in medications, need for home services and rehabilitation (i.e., home health services, paid caregivers or wound care), need for durable medical equipment, and possibly, changes in the home environment to accommodate a decrease or impairment in functionality.
Home after hospitalizations can be overwhelming for older adults to manage and may require additional help from their family. If post-hospital adherence to discharge instructions, implementing new medications or changes, purchasing durable medical equipment, etc., are not managed in a timely manner, occurrence of re-hospitalization is probable.
This program will help adult-children understand the components of discharge planning and services that may be provided in the home. These may include home health, in-home rehab or wound care; importance of scheduling follow-up visits with surgeons, specialists, and primary care physician; completing a medication reconciliation; picking up ordered prescriptions as soon as possible; ensuring loved ones understand medication and routine changes; assessing and purchasing needed equipment or services (i.e., 3-in-1 commode, pill boxes, shower/tub bench, meal delivery, pharmacy delivery); visiting physicians and assessing and implementing changes in home environment.
This program offers specific and practical tips that can be implemented by families to keep their older loved ones in the home and in the community.
Speaker: Minda Barefoot