Heading Off Hospital Visits Before They Happen

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By Martie Cruz

 

The aftermath of a hospital visit can be a particularly vulnerable time for older adults. A new study supports previous research that found seniors often suffer from health and physical declines following a hospital visit.

 

In fact, "those who'd been discharged from the emergency room were more likely to be disabled, to be living in a nursing home or to have died over the next six months compared to those who didn't go to the ER."

 

Hopefully, this information will bring about proactive policies that encourage emergency room workers and care transition specialists to identify the risks of disability or illness to the patient and help them avoid these risks. In the meantime, there are things that older adults and their families can do to stave off hospital visits altogether.

 

  • Follow doctors' orders
  • Don't ignore symptoms
  • Reduce risks of falls and accidents
  • Stay active physically and mentally
  • Maintain a healthy diet

 

In a survey conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, nearly 100 percent of the nurses surveyed confirmed that family members play as vital a role as medical professionals in keeping seniors out of the hospital. Here is our guide on how you can help.

 

For more information about the health and well-being of seniors, please contact us.

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