GCMs Preventing Hospital Readmissions

Geriatric Case Managers in Poway Help Prevent Hospital Readmissions

Geriatric Case Managers in Poway are Trained to Help Seniors Follow Discharge Instructions

Going to the hospital is unpleasant enough—why would you want to go a second time? Unfortunately, in many cases, a senior that takes a trip to the hospital ends up being readmitted later for a related issue. Researchers know that a large percentage of these re-admissions could be avoided, and geriatric case managers in Poway could be in the best position to help that happen.

Reasons for Readmission

There are many cases in which a discharged patient simply can’t recover from a devastating injury or illness at home and must go back to the hospital for more intensive treatment. But most of the time, readmission is the result of a failure to follow doctors’ instructions correctly. Prescriptions, diet, exercise, and check-ins are all important parts of recovery, and often seniors simply aren’t able to keep all their requirements under control.

Supervision by a San Diego County Geriatric Care Manager

When a San Diego County geriatric care manager is helping to coordinate care for a senior, he or she can take charge of those confusing discharge orders and make sure that the elderly person gets those prescriptions on time. As a member of the “sandwich generation,” you probably don’t have the ability to closely supervise your aging parent’s daily diet, exercise routines, and other recovery steps. That kind of supervision, however, is key to keeping your loved one from making another trip to the hospital.

Shouldering Part of the Load

Preventing readmission to the hospital is just one of the valuable services that a geriatric care manager provides. Having one of these professionals involved can certainly help to avoid injury or illness that would lead to a first-time hospital visit, and makes it easier for a busy family to care for a senior with increasing needs.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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