How to Prepare for a Hospital Visit and Discharge
Healthy older adults living at home often times fail to plan for emergencies. If you wait until you or a loved one lands in the emergency room to begin the care planning, it will not be effective and you’ll likely make an error or forget a piece of vital health information.
Avoiding adequate care planning puts you at a higher risk for re-admissions to a hospital, due to falls, medication mismanagement or failure to follow up with a doctor.
Plan now, rather than later, is the best approach to take when preparing for a hospital stay or discharge. By preparing in advance, your transition home or to rehab will be smooth and vital to a successful recovery.
CalaCare gives the luxury of peace of mind with hospital transitions. Here’s how we make them flow easily and successfully.
- Medication Reminders – dealing with medical problems often calls for prescriptions. We can pick up medications and refills and oversee reminders to help reduce the risk of mismanagement.
- Keeping Records – we can assist you to weigh in every morning before breakfast and record it in a diary that can be shown to a medical provider.
- Nutrition Management – diet plays a major role in the healing process. We can help in meal planning to ensure proper nutrition.
- Depression – emotional stress is common after returning home or transitioning to rehab. We alert family members or the client’s doctor if signs of depression appear.
To learn more about CalaCare and how we can provide care at home after a hospital discharge, please call us at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).