A Patient’s Guide to Avoiding Preventable Hospital Visits

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Hospital visits impact seniors and their loved ones physically, mentally, and financially. However, about 50% of senior hospital admissions could be prevented.  

By taking simple preventative measures, seniors can remain active, healthy, and sharp to help them avoid falls or other health complications that could lead to hospitalization. This guide discusses easy preventative steps that seniors can take to stay healthy and at home. 


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“The older you are, the worse the hospital is for you.” –

Areas covered in this guide:

  • Engaging the mind 
  • Maintaining proper nutrition 
  • Improving visibility 
  • Addressing fall hazards 
  • Managing chronic conditions


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"Many seniors are already suspended precariously between independent living and reliance on others. They are weakened by multiple chronic diseases and medications. One bad hospitalization can tip them over the edge, and they may never recover."

– Melissa Mattison
Massachusetts General Hospital

"For many older people, hospitalization results in functional decline despite cure or repair of the condition for which they were admitted."

– Mary Clohesy-Pizzingillo
Clinical Advisor

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