Have you ever thought about why it’s important to reduce hospital readmission rates? For starters, it can save a great deal of money, no matter whether your elderly loved one has insurance or not. Every time a person is admitted to the hospital, it can cost thousands of dollars, and that’s just for one night’s stay.
Medical expenses today have become so enormous that they are beginning to bankrupt the entire system, which is one of the driving forces for the Affordable Care Act of 2010, more commonly known as Obamacare, which is about the be implemented in full swing in the next two years. With this Affordable Care Act, hospitals are trying to find ways to get patients out of their care and back home as quickly as possible. They are also trying to ensure that they reduce hospital readmission rates.
But it’s not all about saving money or keeping the system from collapsing in on itself. It’s also about emotional health and well-being. Anytime that your elderly loved one needs to go to the hospital, it is a stressful event for everyone involved. When you have to go to the hospital, it usually means that there is something seriously wrong and this can create fear and anxiety.
Hospitals are known as the places where people go when they have life threatening injuries or health crises. Just the picture of a hospital in someone’s mind can create a sense of foreboding or dread.
When you have an elderly loved one who has suffered an injury or medical condition, such as a stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, or even pneumonia, it’s absolutely essential that they receive the right level of care so that they don’t have to go back to the hospital anytime soon. If they do, it might mean that they health is deteriorating, or they are not receiving the right level of care that they need at this time.
With medications and technology, most patients should be able to enjoy life at home where they might have stayed in a hospital room for weeks on end. Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not they are receiving the right level of care and support at home.
Being able to reduce hospital readmission rates means that you will help to ensure that your loved one is healthy and safe for as long as possible. In order to ensure that, consider hiring a professional caregiver to provide the right level of care that your loved one deserves.
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