Reduce your risk of hospitalisation

A British Red Cross report last week revealed a startling increase in the level of hospital readmissions The latest figures show that emergency hospital admissions have risen by 22.8% in the last five years. People being readmitted within 48 hours now accounts for one in five of all emergency readmissions.

We want to help older people to live well at home for longer and reduce the risk of them being hospitalised.

Here, we offer FIVE ways to help reduce your risk of hospitalisation.

Get a good GP

Having an excellent GP is essential but equally important is making sure that older people follow their GP’s direction. Our CAREGivers are trained to spot ‘red flag’ changes in health such as worsening chronic conditions or unused medication, and can act to remedy this. They can also arrange appointments, assist with transportation to appointments, collect medication and generally help with medication management.

Keep physically and mentally active

Walking for just five or 10 minutes at a time several days each week is a great way to begin. Our CAREGivers can accompany their clients on a short walk to the local shops, local park or just round the garden. Keeping the brain active through activities such as drawing, doing a puzzle or learning something new are great ways to stimulate the connections between nerve cells. We have lots of word searches in the office along with crossword puzzles and colouring patterns which our CAREGivers can collect to take to clients.

Maintain a healthy diet

Often our appetite diminishes as we age but maintaining a balanced diet is essential. A diet containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish and starchy foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta and rice. Extra vitamin D and calcium should be on the menu to combat osteoporosis. We are currently trying to set up a recipe booklet of easy, healthy meals our CAREGivers can cook for their clients. We hope to get some ideas from our clients for this booklet.

Keep hydrated

It is important to stay hydrated. It is advisable to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.

Companionship

Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health so it’s important to encourage social activities such as attending a lunch club or memory café or joining a social club. Home care such as Home Instead can help you with all of the above – from companionship visits to preparing healthy meals – so that your family member can live life well and reduce the risk of going into hospital.

We believe that with the right care, the number of unnecessary hospital admissions can be reduced.

office group photo with CQC 'Outstanding' award
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home