Hospital Discharge Planning Articles

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Providing Healthful Post-Hospital Care for Seniors

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

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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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  • 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 can be difficult for family members to know how to handle this transition period. See how you can help your loved one get healthy again.

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  • Hospital Observation Status Can Be Financially Devastating

    It is crucial to find out whether your elderly loved one has been admitted as an inpatient or on observation status to ensure that Medicare will pay for post-hospital extended care services in a skilled nursing facility.

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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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  • 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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