Studies have shown that following a patient’s discharge from the hospital, a rehab facility, or other healthcare entity, the incidence for falls to occur increases exponentially. This is particularly prevalent among patients who are functionally dependent on assistive devices and/or assistance when they make the return to their home.
There are a few major risk factors related to falls following discharge. These factors include decline in mobility, use of assistive devices, cognitive impairment or confusion, and unaddressed environmental issues within in the home. Such environmental issues could include safety bars, shower chairs, and more.
The highest rate of falls following discharge are among individuals who are functionally dependent, but also require interventions and assistance. Many of these falls are due to the lack of immediate attention or attention to how the patient is navigating their home environment upon their return.
To combat this, research indicates a fall prevention home safety assessment and home safety modification interventions immediately following release from a healthcare facility can drastically reduce the risk of falls. Working with care teams, discharge planners, caregivers, family, and other providers will help to proactively identify any risks and come up with a game plan on how to best combat them.
By completing a full clinical assessment of function, necessary home modifications can be made apparent and remedied prior to the patient’s return to home. The assessment could include taking a look at how the individual will be able to complete their daily tasks such as using the restroom, showering, walking from room to room, or getting in bed.
Typically, when a discharge is finally taking place, families are overwhelmed and have a lot on their plate simply preparing for their loved one’s transition home. They do not know where to turn or what their resources are. This is where enlisting the help from trained, professional caregivers can be imperative to a successful journey home and ultimately, the safety of your senior loved one. Caregivers can be your resource and can work to provide an accurate assessment as well as coordinate any in-home modifications needed prior to discharge.
For more information regarding the use of caregivers as a resource when you or a senior loved one is being discharged, please call 916-933-9777 or visit our website. Our professional staff consists of highly skilled individuals who are in the top 5% of the market. We only hire people that we would personally trust to care for our own parents. We are more than happy to serve those in need of caregiving assistance in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, and Yolo counties. For daily tips, advice, and news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.