Helping Your Parent Avoid Hospital Readmission After Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Elder Care in Hamilton NJ

Elder Care in Hamilton NJHospital readmission is something that every adult child caring for an aging parent should have in mind when it comes to their parent’s care. While many older adults will end up in the hospital each year due to injuries, illnesses, or the need for medical procedures, it is important that their family caregivers take steps to help prevent their loved ones from returning after discharge.

Hospital readmission can be dangerous for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Increased risk of infection and illness due to more exposure to germs and bacteria
  • Increased risk for delirium
  • Increased potential for further injury
  • Increased possibility of cognitive, emotional, and mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Increased risk for mortality in the year following the hospitalization
  • Increased risk for complications such as medication interactions and unnecessary procedures

If your parent has recently undergone a total hip replacement surgery it is important that you make avoiding hospital readmission a part of your care efforts for them. There are some situations in which hospital readmission is unavoidable after a hip replacement surgery. Your loved one may experience an infection in the surgical site or their body could reject the materials used in the artificial hip. In these situations it is critical that your parent get the medical attention that they need as quickly as possible so that they can recover from the complication and get back to focusing on rehabilitating their hip. In other situations the hospital readmission is avoidable. Doing what you can to avoid this “revolving door” approach to hospitalization can protect your parent from serious complications and enable them to get back to their healthy quality of life as soon as possible.

Some ways that you can help prevent hospital readmission after a total hip replacement surgery include:

  • Have an effective care team. Many seniors end up back in the hospital after discharge due to inadequate support during their recovery. They may feel unsure of themselves, desire more attention, or end up injuring themselves because they do not have the help that they need. Make sure that your parent has a strong dedicated care team prior to the surgery so that they can get everything that they need during their recovery. This care team should include an elder care provider who can create a customized approach to care and be there with your parent when your schedule and limitations dictate.
  • Follow discharge instructions. Before your parent leaves the hospital make sure that you have complete discharge instructions. Ask any questions that you might have and take notes so that you are confident in your ability to follow through with what the doctor says your parent needs. Make these notes available to the elderly home care provider so that the course of care and support remains consistent throughout the recovery period.
  • Make transitions as smooth as possible. If there will be changes in your parent’s care throughout
    their recovery, such as transitioning from the hospital to your home and then from your home to your parent’s home, make these as smooth as possible. Utilize the services of an elder care provider to keep your parent’s care effective and ensure their needs are fulfilled at each step to prevent complications that can put their health and safety at risk.

http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/hip_replacement/hip_replacement_ff.asp
http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/quality/12-ways-reduce-hospital-readmissions

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Hamilton, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
(IDNs).
Tom Smith, President & CEO