eadmissions are costly medical events for your clients. Use these tips to train your caregivers on how to prevent readmissions.
When I was a new caregiver, I worked with a client whom I’ll never forget. Because I was “green,” she canceled her once-a-week visit with me a few weeks during October.
By the end of the month, she decided to give me a shot. I quickly discovered that ambulation was going to be difficult. Her living room couch was covering a portion of her doorway; I moved it back so that she would have more room. Even then, her hallway was too narrow for her walker.
She lifted her walker up sideways to get through. I insisted that she leave her walker in her bedroom so that she could get back into the living room. She let me hold her arms and assist her through the hallway until she got settled in her chair. Then I brought her walker through.
I reported to the office that her walker was unable to fit through her doorway, causing her mobility problems and putting her at risk for falling. I didn’t think about it until a few weeks later. I heard that she fell, went back to the hospital, and was discharged to in-patient hospice care. She died a few days later.
Preventing hospital readmissions should be a top priority for your agency. Some of the reasons include: