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Here’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.
Senior 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.
Originally posted 2010-07-05 06:58:31.