Hospital Discharge Planning

  • How and When to Update a Senior’s Care Plan

    Once a care plan has been established, it should be reviewed and updated periodically in order to ensure its effectiveness for both the senior and their caregiver.

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  • Professional Caregivers Ease Hospital-to-Home Transitions

    Hiring a professional caregiver to help ensure a loved one’s smooth transition from hospital to home reduces the risk of readmission and provides peace of mind for family caregivers.

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  • Providing Healthful Post-Hospital Care for Seniors

    Providing healthful post-hospital care for seniors can prevent unnecessary re-hospitalization. Discover 5 tips for effective care following a hospital discharge.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • A Typical Day in a Senior Rehab Facility

    After being hospitalized seniors are often prescribed a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility to help them get back on their feet. While the focus of their stay is rehabilitation, the services provided by a skilled nursing facility are not limited to therapy.

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  • Family FAQ: Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities

    When a loved one needs to go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation following a surgery or procedure, it is important for family members to know how to handle the transition, the therapeutic services available, and the discharge criteria.

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  • Hospital Observation Status Can Be Financially Devastating for Seniors

    When a senior is hospitalized, it’s crucial to find out whether they’ve been admitted as an inpatient or registered as an outpatient under observation. This governs whether Medicare will cover their hospital bills and care in a skilled nursing facility.

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  • What to Expect After a Hip Replacement

    You've found a surgeon you trust, scheduled the procedure, and figured out which senior rehabilitation center your loved one will be staying in, but are you prepared for what comes after the surgery?

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  • Choosing a Transitional Rehab Facility for Elders

    If your elderly parent has broken a hip, had a stroke, had surgery or other common elder conditions, chances are they will stay in a rehabilitation center for physical therapy. Here are some questions caregivers can ask.

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  • 7 Steps to Take When an Elderly Parent is Suddenly Hospitalized

    When an elderly loved one winds up in the hospital, things happen so quickly that it can leave family members overwhelmed by their new roles as advocates and caregivers. Take these 7 steps to quickly get organized and better manage their care.

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  • Know Your Rights: Understanding Hospital Discharge Against Medical Advice

    Much misinformation persists among patients and even doctors about being discharged against medical advice. Caregivers and seniors should understand their rights to avoid being pressured into staying in the hospital or consenting to medical procedures.

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  • How to Get a Loved One to Participate in Senior Rehab

    Upon discharge from the hospital, seniors often refuse to participate in vital rehabilitation programs. Use these tips to help them stick to their prescribed recovery plan.

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  • Nursing Home Discharges: Residents Have Rights

    There are 6 legitimate reasons to discharge a resident, but some facilities use other tactics to evict those who are difficult or cannot pay. Learn about the discharge and appeals processes so you can safeguard your loved one’s rights.

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  • Medicare Rankings Show Where to Go for a Knee or Hip Replacement

    A new Medicare rankings report shows which hospitals perform better knee and hip replacement surgeries.

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  • Finding a Nursing Home: Tips from a Family Caregiver’s Personal Experience

    A caregiver shares his journey in finding the right skilled nursing facility for his mother, including steps to take before and after placement as well as the hard lessons he learned throughout the process.

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  • Hospitalization May Increase Rate of Memory Loss in the Elderly

    Seniors facing a hospital stay may be risking losing their memory unnecessarily. Hospitalization may cause a senior's cognitive ability to deteriorate faster than normal. Elderly people may have increased risk of memory loss after being in a hospital.

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