Patients prefer to receive treatment at home instead of the hospital, but what can they do to avoid a return visit after a hospital discharge?
One in five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, but there are solutions to help lower that number. Liberty HomeCare understands the value of keeping a patient at home, and has programs in place to help avoid readmittance.
The first step, and often one of the most important, is setting up care at home soon after discharge. Patients often wait until their condition worsens to the point of rehospitalization before considering follow-up care. Many of those patients and their loved ones do not realize at-home care can help them stay out of the hospital.
Liberty’s Cardiac Care services are designed to help those recovering from heart surgery, and avoid rehospitalization. Those patients with heart issues are often readmitted to the hospital, but Liberty’s services helps patients and families develop a self-management program at home.
Physical therapy by Liberty can also boost a patient’s recovery after a hospital stay. Physical therapy can be done at the home to help build range of motion and prevent falls. That fall prevention can be vital, because falls are a leading cause of serious injury for those age 65 and over.
Liberty also offers telemonitoring in many locations. This service helps patients monitor their blood pressure and other vital signs, and can keep them and their physicians better informed. Many people avoid doctor’s visits as much as possible, and this can cause deteriorating health, but telemonitoring can help medical personnel evaluate patients often and keep them healthier.
These are just a few ways Liberty can help you or a loved one avoid a repeat trip to the hospital. We look forward to helping you stay where you want to be, right at home.