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How Can Rehospitalization Be Detrimental for an Aging Adult?

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Seniors usually realize most hospital readmissions are necessary, but what they may not realize is readmissions can actually be bad for them. While hospitals do their best to lower the rates of readmission, this isn’t always feasible. Hospital readmission may place your senior loved one at risk for the following issues.

Skin Breakdown

Hospital readmission may mean your loved one will spend most of the day and night in bed, which can raise the risk of skin breakdown that leads to decubitus ulcers, or bedsores. If not noticed and treated while still in their early stages, decubitus ulcers can lead to severe infection and permanent muscle damage. When you visit your loved one in the hospital, talk to the nursing staff about the interventions being made to prevent bedsores, such as repositioning, encouraging fluid intake, and ensuring good nutrition. 

A professional in-home caregiver can closely monitor your loved one for post-hospitalization complications. Winnipeg homecare experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

Depression

When seniors are faced with hospital readmission, they may develop anxiety and depression. This is especially true for those who have dementia or memory problems. If your loved one has decreased cognitive function, he or she may be less tolerant of unfamiliar situations and become agitated or depressed if he or she has to go back to the hospital. Hospital stays often result in poor sleep quality and involve stressful situations, such as undergoing medical tests, accepting dietary changes, and sharing rooms with unfamiliar people. If you believe your parent is depressed, let the doctor know so your loved one can be assessed and treated appropriately.

Fall Risk

Risk factors for falling in the hospital include weakness, limited mobility, and medication side effects that may include dizziness, blurred vision, and confusion. Your loved one may also be disoriented because of being in a new situation, and he or she may fall while trying to get out of bed unassisted. If you believe your loved one is at risk for a fall in the hospital, let the nursing staff know. If you can, stay with your loved one so he or she isn’t left alone. If you’re unable to stay at the hospital around the clock, ask the nursing staff to closely monitor your loved one.

A professional caregiver can be a wonderful source of support for a senior who’s recovering after being hospitalized. When searching for reliable homecare service agencies, families want to know their senior loved one will be well taken care of. At Home Care Assistance, our expertly trained caregivers are available around the clock to assist with tasks around the house, provide transportation to medical appointments and social events, and much more.

Concern About Pets

Pets are great sources of comfort and companionship for seniors. When hospital readmissions take aging adults away from their pets, seniors may worry about who will care for their beloved animals. Rehospitalized seniors will also miss their animal companions. If the hospital allows it, surprise your loved one with a visit from his or her pet. It’s important to note that if your loved one has been readmitted to the hospital because of an infection or a compromised immune system or is receiving chemotherapy to treat cancer, the physician may not allow pet visits.

Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs live-in care, Winnipeg, MB, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home. Call Home Care Assistance at (204) 489 6000 to learn more about our flexible and customizable senior care plans.