Your loved ones are especially vulnerable at times of transition. Unfortunately, this can lead to care fragmentation, miscommunication, and a lack of follow-up. Each of these factors may result in oversight in diagnosis and management and increase the risk of rehospitalization. In one study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, researchers found hospitalization readmissions could be reduced when the home health industry played a role in improving patient outcomes and reducing costs. Here are five ways to help move the transition forward seamlessly.
Transitioning into home care can occur when your family member moves from one healthcare provider to another or from one setting to another. In some cases, this may be the first foray into home care, which is a big transition. Suddenly, your loved one is moving from being completely independent to having someone in their home. For many professionals, these changes can seem routine or standard, but for you and your family, they may be challenging.
Help Your Loved One Prepare
The better prepared your loved one is, the better the outcome will be. Sit down for a discussion about how in-home care can be utilized to make life easier and less stressful. Help identify your loved one’s care goals, preferences, interests, and hobbies so that they may be communicated with your in-home care provider. It's also important to include any fears or concerns they may have about bringing someone into the home, their medical care or their future.
Successful Transitions Happens With Clear Communication and Coordination
Any successful transition will involve clear communication with physicians, caregivers, and family members. Problems pop up when things get overlooked. Transitioning into home care can help reduce hospitalization for your loved ones. In one study, effective transitional care reduced rehospitalization by 1/3 to ½, which can have a strong impact on the quality of life.
Identify Tasks That Will Make Life Easier
In some cases, your loved one may balk at the idea of bringing someone into the home to help care for them. When you can identify how they can help to make life easier, both for your loved one and for yourselves, it can help reduce anxiety and the stress surrounding this time of transition. As tasks are identified, it helps to recognize how you can spend more quality time with your family members as you will not be preparing meals, providing transportation to doctor's appointments, or doing light housekeeping duties.
Interview Your Home Care Provider Together
Your loved one will enjoy greater Independence and feel more useful when they are involved in the interview process for their in-home care provider. After all, they will be the ones spending the most time with the health care professional and should have input into the individual who will be spending hours in their home.
Find Help at Harmony
Our professional staff at Harmony are standing by ready to help you through this transition in life. We understand the questions and concerns that come with change and are experts at helping you and your loved one to take this journey. With Harmony, you are never alone. Contact us today - let’s get started working together!