Home Health Care News has released a great article written by Carlo Calma.The article highlights that when Private Duty Agencies and Home Health Care Companies work together it leads to better outcomes for patients post discharge. Here's an excerpt, "The transition period from hospital to home following a discharge is not only a crucial time to ensure overall patient health—it’s also an important opportunity for home health agencies and private duty care providers to band together.."
With the health care system placing a premium on limiting hospital readmissions, coordinated care between private duty and home health providers can pack a double punch in keeping patients safe at home after a discharge.
A crucial time period
For Deborah Bradley, RN, MSN, clinical manager at Kankakee, Illinois-based Riverside Home Health Care, the care transition from hospital to home addresses the needs of the patients to ensure their recovery and overall safety at home.
“[Hospital to home] is an area where we can start to impact our patients and identify through thorough caregiver assessments what these patients need before they go home. This is where we need to partner with private duty agencies and impact patients right at discharge time,” said Bradley at the fourth annual Private Duty Symposium, presented by the Home Care Association of America, the Illinois Home Care & Hospice Council and LeadingAgeIllinois, on Wednesday.
However, a patient’s transition back into the home setting may not always be smooth sailing.
In fact, upon discharge, patients often feel like they are “kicked out” too soon from hospital care, according to Meredith Scafiezzo, MSW, social worker at Riverside Home Health Care.
Further, they are left with care instructions that they do not understand or are unable to perform on their own, she explained.
“The discharge planners in the hospitals are trying their best to discuss [care plans with patients] but, unfortunately, their main focus is length of stay,” Scafiezzo said. “[Discharge planners are] not always looking at patient-centered goals to keep these patients out and help them from [being readmitted].”
To read the full article on healthcarenews.com click here.
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