Current research shows that following a hospital stay, receiving professional care at home can reduce readmissions by as much as 25 percent – but only if your care team has the tools and knowledge they need to make it so!
Why is it important to prevent readmissions?
Caring for patients who are readmitted within 30 days of discharge costs more than $25 billion each year. But, it’s not just about the money. Readmissions put patients at increased risk for further complications, infections, and even death.
Home care and home health agencies are both in unique positions to have a meaningful impact on preventing readmissions. When a patient is discharged, and the hospital staff transfers care, the responsibility to prevent readmission lies with the new care team. And that’s YOU!
So, what’s the key to slashing readmission rates? It is understanding the factors that increase the risk for readmission and providing targeted caregiver training that addresses those issues.
Is your team prepared to prevent readmissions?
Many factors place clients at risk for readmission, especially certain medical conditions, knowledge gaps and social factors. But these factors are not impossible to address with diligent home health or home care services.
Learn more by downloading “5 Ready-To-Use Tools for Preventing Readmission to the Hospital.”
- TOOL #1: The Risk Factor Cheat Sheet. Make copies of this “cheat sheet” for your team. Knowing the risk factors associated with higher readmission rates will keep vulnerable clients on your team’s radar.
- TOOL #2: Medication Management Worksheet. Medication mistakes make readmission five times more likely. Monitoring medication adherence is critical. Give all newly discharged clients a copy of this worksheet so clinicians, caregivers, clients, and family members can help keep track of medications
- TOOL #3: Follow-up Appointment Tracker. Patients who go to follow-up appointments within 14 days of discharge are 20% less likely to be readmitted. Use this handout to help clients and their caregivers track important appointments in the first month after discharge.
- TOOL #4: The “Know-When-to-Go” Chart. Knowing the difference between symptoms that require a call to the doctor vs. a visit to the ER can prevent unnecessary readmissions.
- TOOL #5: A Training Plan for Caregivers and Clinicians. A specially trained care team will provide exceptional client care AND prevent unnecessary readmissions. Use this lesson plan to build your team’s continuing education curriculum for the coming year.
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