From Hospital to Home: Making the Transition Easier for Seniors

elderly people

elderly peopleElderly folks returning home after a prolonged hospital stay often require a transitional period before getting back into the groove of things. Most of them find it hard to manage their medication, stick to doctor’s appointments, and get the physical assistance they need. As a result, many seniors are not able to successfully transition and end up going to the hospital again.

If you have an elderly relative looking to get discharged from hospital soon, here are some things to remember to make the transition better and ensure its success.

Managing Medicines

Make sure to know about all the prescribed drugs your relative needs. Health practitioners from RDNS explain that medication routines often change after discharge, so it is important to note which medication and how much of it the patient should take. Enquire also as to why doctors replaced old medication, what the new ones are for, and if you need to observe some side effects. Plan a schedule and system for taking medicines and stick to it. An aged care practitioner can help you with this.

Preventing Falls

Elderly people are more prone to accidents and injuries from falls. The two biggest causes of such incidents are health-related changes and dangerous home environment conditions. Health related changes include poor reflexes, failing eyesight, or balance issues. Home safety risks, on the other hand, include bad lighting, slippery floors, elevated platforms, and clutter. Most fall accidents happen in bathrooms, bedrooms and on stairs.

These risks only serve to highlight how important it is to make the home environment as safe as possible and to support seniors when they do things around the house. All kinds of safety equipment can make certain activities easier for your relatives. You may want to get the help of private nurses as well; these practitioners can better help seniors in activities like bathing or dressing.

Helping them Follow up on Treatments

It is important that your relative receive constant medical care. Help them stick to doctors’ appointments and attend follow-up treatments. Provide comfortable transportation for them whenever going in for check-ups. Ask for help from friends and other relatives to ensure safe transportation for seniors.

The period of transitioning from hospital to home is most difficult for seniors. Help them have a smoother and more successful transitional phase by keeping these things in mind.