September 24, 2013
If you or a loved one has ever faced a hospital readmission shortly after being discharged, then you are in the company of nearly one million other Americans. According to experts at Columbia University, many of these readmissions are preventable with a little more effort on the part of the patient and his or her caregiver.
Mary Donovan-Johnson, program director of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, says, “Discharges are often rushed and patients may be overwhelmed during this stressful time. If you don’t understand something a medical provider said, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or nurse to repeat the instructions. Ask the person accompanying you home to listen and take notes when instructions are being explained by your medical team.”
In-home care has been proven to decrease hospital admissions. Contact Continuum today for more information on how we can assist you post-hospital or post-rehab. We are just a phone call away!