Ask any senior citizen, and you will most likely learn that no one looks forward to going to the hospital. Not only is it expensive, but also it is difficult to be away from home. Plus, a hospital admission signals a sickness, disease, or surgery that weakens the body and may lead to future health issues. A hospital readmission signals that the patient was not ready to go home in the first place or did not have the necessary home support in place to receive adequate care. Here are a few tips to help you or a loved one stay out of the hospital and in the comfort of home as much as possible.
Get Necessary Support
Although it may be difficult to admit that you now need help with things that you always used to be able to do on your own, getting help with certain tasks can prevent you from unnecessary falls as well as from exhaustion, general sickness, and mental stress. Ask friends and family members or neighbors for help, or find out if a home health agency might be covered by your insurance.
Ask for Help with Medication Management
If you take multiple medications every day, remembering when to take your medications may be one of your most difficult tasks. If done incorrectly, it can be one of the most dangerous tasks as well. Ask for help from your doctor if you are experiencing any new symptoms. Your medication regimen may need to be changed.
Create a Safe Home Environment
Over 9,500 seniors in the U.S. die from falls every year, but you do not have to be one of them if you create a safe home environment. If possible, choose a one-story home. Also, remove slippery rugs, add more lighting to your home and have a handyman install grab rails in your bathroom.
Prevent Illness with Clinic Visits
While a visit to your primary care doctor will still cost you some time and money, it is far less expensive than a hospital admission is. Your local clinic is a great place to learn more about preventive care, which can help you stay healthy. You may also want to ask your primary care physician about immunizations you may need or request a referral to a registered dietitian who will be able to help you create an excellent, personalized daily nutritional plan.