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Where to Get Help at Home After a Hospital Stay

April 3, 2012

In-home care isn’t just for older people who need long-term help. It’s also for people who need assistance after a stay at the hospital. And it might even help keep them home. Forbes reports:

According to a 2009 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Medicare’s fee-for-service program, nearly 20% of Medicare patients discharged from a hospital were readmitted within thirty days, and 34% were rehospitalized within 90 days.

The article profiles a home-care business in Palo Alto, CA, that helps people after a hospital stay. The agency tries to keep their clients from becoming part of those readmission statistics. To look for similar agencies in your area, click here.

Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2012 9:52 am

    This is the challenge and opportunity for people.

    We think of care giving as only for aging people. Care giving can happen at any time in our lives and sometimes several times.

    People become ill or injured or have some issue which prevents us from working for extended periods of time.

    In this moment where we have presidential elections and we are focused on the economy, oil, wars, frustration, recession, budget deficits and health care — this is also part of our story.

    Lynn Cheney is taking care of her husband but because of his position as a former V.P. he has help from others which allows Lynn and his family to be a family. Many people are not in this fortunate situation.

  2. April 15, 2012 10:52 am

    I agree that in-home care can help keep people in their homes and out of hospitals – but how should we go about convincing our elderly relatives to accept it? My grandparents and a lot of other older people I’ve known have not wanted strangers in their homes. Even though they had huge risks of falling, getting hurt, etc., it was really tough to convince any of them that they needed help.

    • April 17, 2012 9:11 am

      Talking to your elderly relatives can be one of the biggest challenges families face when deciding on senior care. Take a look at some of the blog posts about communication we have: http://blog.ourparents.com/category/communication-2/. Being prepared and knowing the right way to approach the topic can make all the difference. If you still would like some advice, call (866) 661-1794 to speak to a Care Advisor that will work with you to choose the right type of care and can be a support system should you, or your relative have any questions about any step of the process.

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