Senior Helpers Make Aftercare Easier for Everyone

Senior Helpers Assure Complete RecoveryHere’s a scary statistic. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year, one in five Medicare patients will return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. It’s not surprising when you think about it. Patients leave the hospital with confusing aftercare instructions regarding additional medications, and the possibility of frightening complications. For the elderly, it can be quite overwhelming. Luckily, senior helpers can relieve some of the burden – not only for your loved one, but for you as well.

In fact, qualified in-home caregivers can handle just about anything you would do for your own family, if you could be there. In the case of hospital aftercare, for example, senior helpers can drive your loved one to follow-up visits with doctors and specialists, fill new prescriptions, make sure your older relative understands how to take them, and ensure he or she is recuperating as expected. Most of all, in-home caregivers are able to see any potential setbacks and take action to avoid additional hospital stays.

In-Home Caregivers Assure Complete RecoverySenior helpers aren’t just the patient’s advocate; they’re your eyes and ears when you’re far away. Make sure you stay in touch with your loved one’s caregiver so they can inform you about any changes in routine or behavior, and most of all, to ease your worries. After all, when you can’t be there, in-home caregivers are the next best thing.

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Originally posted 2010-07-05 06:58:31.

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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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