Hospital to Home: Plan for a Smooth Transition
January 2012 | U.S. Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
“"One in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge…nearly half of the readmissions are linked to social problems and access to community resources." ”
This publication is designed to address the often unexpected challenges many seniors face when returning home from a hospital stay. Failure to manage medications, make follow-up doctor's appointments, and obtain the physical assistance they need can often lead to seniors' readmission to the hospital. Planning ahead of time before a planned or unexpected hospital visit can help patients address questions that arise during the discharge process and ensure a smooth transition home.