Refusing home health care after a hospitalization puts patients at risk of a difficult, incomplete or slower-than-anticipated recovery. Without these services, older adults’ odds of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 or 60 days double, according to one study.
Some Seniors Just Want To Be Left Alone, Which Can Lead To Problems
Almost 30 percent of patients leaving the hospital don’t want home health care services, which often leads to readmissions and other health issues.
Read article courtesy of Kaiser Health News.
Aiming for Fewer Hospital U-turns: The Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
For Medicare patients, hospitalizations can be stressful; even more so when they result in subsequent readmissions. While many readmissions are unavoidable, researchers have found wide variation in hospitals’ readmission rates. (KFF.org Issue Brief, Boccuti and Casillas, 3/10/17)
Read entire brief.
Kaiser Health News: Key Steps Can Help Patients Recover From A Stay In The ICU
KHN columnist Judith Graham writes: “As many as 1.4 million seniors survive a stay in the ICU every year. And most go home, with varying degrees of disability. ICUs are responding to older patients’ needs by helping them try to regain functioning — something that families need to pay attention to as well. “There’s a growing recognition that preparing patients and families for recovery needs to start in the ICU,” said Dr. Meghan Brooks Lane-Fall, assistant professor of critical care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.” (9/15)