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A Caregiver’s Guide to Hospital Discharge

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Good discharge planning allows caregivers to limit the likelihood of having their loved ones readmitted to the hospital in the near future. Caregivers can make sure that they get all of the information they need for assisting with the recovery process, preventing medication errors, identifying signs of infection or relapse, and more. Following is a detailed discharge guide for ensuring your senior family member’s release is smooth, seamless and problem-free put together by the senior care experts at Douglas County Home Care Assistance.

Understanding the Condition Treated

The first step in safely bringing a senior loved one home from the hospital is developing a clear understanding of the complications that he or she has faced. Caregivers should ask doctors about the likelihood of having problems return. They should also be given a list of symptoms to check for along with information on how to respond to each of these.

Medication Requirements 

It is important to have a full understanding of the different types of medication that will be taken by the senior including the recommended dosing schedule and the potential side effects for each. Caregivers should also receive instructions for avoiding possible drug interactions and for ensuring proper dietary support while medications are being taken.

Special Training

Both hourly and live-in caregivers may need to receive special training for caring for their loved ones after they have been sent home. This is especially important if the senior will be reliant upon medical equipment or must take shots as part of the ongoing medication plan. Doctors can align caregivers with the resources and services they need for learning how to provide the necessary support on their own.

Rehabilitative Therapy

Doctors may recommend various forms of rehabilitative therapy and other ongoing care in order to help the senior regain lost mobility and functions. Caregivers should find out about the suggested time frame for these services and can ask for referrals to local providers.

Contact List

It is also important to ask for or create a comprehensive contact list of all of the professionals who took part in the senior’s treatment and who will help with his or her recovery plan. A copy of this list should be kept by the phone at all times. This list can additionally include the senior’s medical insurance and health information for easy access.

For help through the discharge and recovery process, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate and highly trained caregivers in Douglas County can assist every step of the way by providing transportation, mobility support, assistance with rehabilitation efforts, and offering help around the home with cooking, cleaning, and personal care. Call a Care Manager at 720-441-3522 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.