As a provider of home care in Palatine, Illinois, we at CareDiem® Home Care have made it our mission to reduce the risk of hospital readmissions for many senior adults.
But why? Obviously, there is nothing wrong with seeking out avenues for your loved one’s care when their health situation changes. And yet, healthcare experts agree that readmission rates should be reduced. As your partner in live-in home care, we would like to explain why.
According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, hospital readmission is associated with failed patient outcomes and high healthcare costs. It indicates that the care network has not responded adequately to the needs of the patient, leaving them in a condition that may be worse than before.
Experts in the same journal coined the term “post-hospital syndrome” in a 2013 article. It describes a generalized increase in health risks caused by the trauma of having one’s life disrupted by hospitalization.
Of the many reasons why a person may be hospitalized, the Infectious Disease Advisor spotlighted five of the most prevalent and most costly. These are sepsis, acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks), heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia. All are conditions that require assistance to manage. With the right in-home support, the risk of experiencing or worsening these conditions can be significantly lowered, saving you and your loved one from the problems of being readmitted.