Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Houston TX
Your mother has been hospitalized. Whether she’s been in the hospital for a few days or several weeks, at some point in time she is most likely going to be discharged and sent home to continue with her recovery.
In some cases, she may have to go to a nursing home for a few weeks to allow around-the-clock medical care to monitor her health, strength, and ensure she is on track for a decent recovery.
Depending on her physical stamina, strength, and overall health, her doctor may be tempered or enthusiastic about the prospect of her recovery. Whatever the case may be, many family members might be rallying around her at the moment to see what she may need and to find out if there’s anything you can do to help her out more.
You want what’s best for her.
You want what’s best for your mother. That’s why you’re willing to do whatever you can to make her as comfortable as possible when she is finally discharged. You have been worried sick about her since you found out she was hospitalized. You’ve tried to learn whatever you can about her condition, whether it was major surgery, an aneurysm, pneumonia, stroke, or anything else.
You’re willing to set aside your life at the moment to move in with her and take care of her. This seems reasonable, especially if you have the resources and time to devote to her, but nothing beats an experienced caregiver for helping seniors through the recovery processes.
Don’t think about hospital readmission rates, but rather recovery.
You may hear terms like ‘hospital readmission rates,’ how to reduce them, and the impact they can have on not only hospitals but also seniors. Don’t worry about any of that.
Focus on the recovery.
When you help your mother stay focused on her recovery and you determine what’s best for her with regard to support services, she will be on track for proper recovery and that naturally reduces the risk of having to return to the hospital in the near future.
The best thing you can do in this type of situation is be her emotional support. You can certainly prepare a few meals, help her take out the trash one day a week, or even assist with basic housekeeping duties, but she would be best served to have a conversation with you, play games, and feel connected to you in a way she might not have been in recent years.
To give her the right level of support, consider hiring a home care aide or series of caregivers for when she is finally discharged and sent home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Houston, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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