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Tips for Smooth Discharge Planning from Hospital to Home

What a relief it is when the medical personnel informs you that your elderly loved one is ready to be discharged from the hospital after surgery. But as they hand you that stack of discharge papers and directions, a certain amount of anxiety may start to creep in. Will your family member be able to care for herself at home?

The Napa senior living team at Hired Hands Homecare wants to help you arrange for smooth discharge planning from hospital to home by outlining the questions you’ll need to get answered prior to surgery:

Who will pick up prescriptions? Do I need to depend on a family member for this job? Will he/she be readily available when a refill is needed?
Who will answer questions about the prescriptions? Should I contact the doctor, the pharmacist, or does the hospital have someone else for me to contact with … Read More »



Let’s Talk… Home from the Hospital!

Posted on May 30th, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, Homecare, Napa Home Care Planning. No Comments

Today, we’re proud to be presenting to hospital Discharge Planners and Case Managers at the 15th Annual Case Management Conference in Napa.  Kirsten, Phyllis and Erick are discussing our innovative Coming Home Program, where we work very closely with Discharge Planners and Case Managers BEFORE patients are discharged from the hospital.  Building this bridge establishes new standards of communication, assuring superior transitions home, resulting in better outcomes and reduced hospital re-admissions.  We’ll even bring our Caregivers in to the hospital for specialized training before the Client is sent home.  We’re working together.  Better Communication = Better Care!

For more information, please contact us at Info@HiredHandsHomecare.com, or by phone at 866-940-4343 to find out more about our senior care in Napa, CA.

 



Improve Senior Transitions from Hospital to Home with North Bay Home Care!

Posted on May 23rd, by Mark Winter in Senior Transitions. No Comments

Recovering from surgery can take some time, particularly for seniors. Not only are aging bodies slower to mend, but combined with diminished mobility and numerous directions for medications, physical activities, follow-up appointments, and nutritional constraints, there is a lot to keep track of after surgery.

In a recent study led by IPC, The Hospitalist Company, nearly one out of five discharged patients needed assistance in a minimum of one area that had the potential to impact their recovery. Other similar studies show that bringing in care help for senior transitions reduces hospital readmissions.

As the premier home care agency in the North Bay area, Hired Hands Homecare is available to help your senior loved ones with safe senior transitions home from the hospital by providing trusted senior care to help with recovery. We can start assisting with post-discharge planning soon after hospital admission to assess … Read More »



The Top Home Care Company in Santa Rosa, CA Can Reduce Your Risk for Hospital Readmissions

Posted on May 16th, by Mark Winter in Hospital Readmissions. No Comments

Presently, lowering readmissions for high-risk patients is an essential process for hospitals. Healthcare Financial Management Association’s article “Two Ways Hospitals Can Reduce Avoidable Readmissions” records that successful initiatives from 4 hospitals with reduced 30-day rehospitalization rates are to a certain extent due to collaborating with inpatient and outpatient care providers such as Hired Hands Homecare, a top home care company in Santa Rosa, CA to supply a continuum of care.

The medical providers mentioned in the article present the following suggestions to cut down on hospital readmissions:

Begin preparing for a patient’s discharge on the admission day. When an older adult is admitted to the hospital, contact a home care agency, like Hired Hands Homecare, to arrange for in-home care when the patient is discharged. Outcomes are better when services are made available as soon as possible.
Make note of senior patients who are … Read More »



Santa Rosa Transitional Care After Heart Surgery: The 3 Top Care Concerns

After recovering from heart surgery, an intricate web of transitional care needs develops, from nutritional changes to incision care, pain management, swelling minimization, and more. The last thing an older adult wants after returning home from such a traumatic event is to face the need for rehospitalization.

Hired Hands Homecare, the top-rated home care company Santa Rosa, CA families trust, wants to help make sure your senior loved one recovers completely and as quickly as possible from heart surgery, and shares the following guidelines for effective transitional care:

Caring for the Incision

Instructions on how to care for the incision will be provided prior to being discharged from the hospital. Issues to be aware of include:

Always keep the incision clean and dry.
The incision can be gently washed (don’t rub) with soap. Do not use creams or lotions on incisions until healing is complete.
Occasionally a swelling … Read More »



Fall Prevention: Keep Seniors Safe with Help from Our Tri Valley Home Care Experts

You may have at one time been by a senior loved one’s side at the hospital or doctor’s office and noticed the medical worker attaching a colorful “FALL RISK” band to his or her wrist. Notifying those providing care to this possibility allows additional measures to keep seniors safe during medical treatments. However, did you realize that ongoing, everyday life can pose a fall risk danger to those diagnosed with the following conditions?

Arthritis

Osteoporosis, a bone density disorder that can also increase a person’s chances of fracturing a hip

Vertigo

Cerebrovascular insufficiency

Neurologic disability (stroke)

Postural hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure)

Diabetes

Thyroid disease

And anyone taking medications that cause dizziness

According … Read More »



How to Ease the Pain of Chronic Kidney Disease with In Home Care Services

For seniors who wish to remain in the comfort of home throughout aging – and, who wouldn’t? – in-home care services provide a lifeline, offering assistance with daily activities that can become difficult in later years and supplying a means of safety, security and enhanced independence. But what happens when an older adult is struggling with a disease, such as chronic kidney disease?

In-home senior care is not only possible for those with kidney disease, but it’s actually preferred over a move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Consider some of the numerous ways that a professional in-home caregiver, such as Hired Hands Homecare provides, can help those who are at risk for or diagnosed with kidney disease:

Providing education on management of the disease. Caregivers work hand in hand with the senior’s doctor … Read More »



Medication Reminders

Posted on December 29th, by Marissa Snook in . Comments Off on Medication Reminders

Medication Reminders & California Senior Care Petaluma Families Need

Proper medication adherence is vital for older adults in order to maintain optimum health. Unfortunately, for many older adults, it can be adhering to a medication regimen can be difficult. How big is the problem?

More than 125,000 people die each year due to prescription medication non-adherence, twice the number killed in car accidents.
9 out of every 10 hospital outpatients are taking prescribed medicines improperly, contributing to prolonged or additional illness.
Poor medication adherence has also been linked to unnecessary disease progression and complications, reduced functional abilities, and nursing home admissions.
People who miss doses need three times as many doctor visits as others.
Up to 59% of those on five or more medications are in non-adherence.

A number of factors can contribute to senior medication non-adherence, including:

Swallowing problems
Vision loss
Inability to drive to the pharmacy to refill … Read More »


Senior Medical Appointments and Procedures Made Easier with These Tips

Posted on November 27th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Senior Health, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

The statistics are alarming: a recent study conducted by the Annals of Family Medicine uncovered that a typical primary care physician has a “panel” of more than 2,000 patients – those who are under his or her care. Further, the study outlined that such a physician would need to “spend 21.7 hours per day to provide all recommended acute, chronic and preventive care for a panel of 2,500 patients.”

It’s no wonder that we as patients, not to mention the doctors themselves, feel so rushed and stressed. With the need for so many senior medical appointments, treatments, and procedures due to the many chronic diseases and effects of aging that are prevalent, it’s more important than ever to take steps to maximize the time we have with our doctors.

In our previous blog post, we outlined some information and questions to prepare … Read More »



7 Ways In-Home Care Can Help Prevent Mistakes with Elderly Prescriptions

Posted on September 21st, by Mark Winter in Aging, Senior Health. No Comments

While many of us may think we’re following the rules with regard to taking our prescriptions, medication adherence mistakes actually occur quite frequently, and the effects can be devastating – especially when it comes to mistakes with elderly prescriptions, which often result in hospitalization. In other cases, older adults intentionally avoid following the doctor’s orders for their medications – such as by taking only half of the prescribed amount to save money and make the medication last longer, or by stopping the medication altogether, feeling as though they don’t need it or because of unwanted side effects.

It’s vitally important to be sure that a medication is always taken exactly as prescribed, and never stopped or modified without first consulting the prescribing doctor. Yet for a senior’s busy family members, it can be overwhelming to stay on top of their loved … Read More »