Preventing Hospitalisation: A Guide for the Elderly and those with Chronic Conditions

As our loved ones age, looking after their health and wellbeing becomes more important than ever, especially when it comes to avoiding unnecessary hospitalisation.

Hospital stays can be stressful, disorienting and even risky for older adults as they are exposed to infections and the general strain of being in a foreign environment. At Home Instead Ruislip and Harrow, serving Ruislip, Harrow, Ickenham, Pinner and the surrounding areas, we understand these worries and are here to provide home care services that keep seniors safe, healthy and happy at home.

Find out how our home care services can help prevent hospitalisation for you or your loved ones.

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NHS Guidelines on Avoiding Unplanned Admissions

The NHS recommends proactive care coordination and extra support for high risk groups to avoid unplanned admissions. Key strategies are:

  • Identifying At-Risk Individuals: Early identification of those with health risks.
  • Care Management Plans: Care tailored to individual needs and conditions.
  • Regular Reviews: Ongoing monitoring and timely interventions.
  • Patient Education: Patients educated on their health and self care.

For more information see NHS guidelines on avoiding unplanned admissions here.

Top Tips

To make this work families and Care Professionals should:

  • Create a routine that care professionals and clients can follow.
  • Keep lines of communication open with care professionals for updates and concerns.
  • Review care plans regularly to adapt to changing health needs.
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Home Instead: Home Care Services

Personalised Care Plans

Every senior is different, with different health conditions, needs and preferences. At Home Instead we create personal care plans for each client. Our personal approach means the care is targeted at specific health issues and risk factors so reducing the risk of health complications that could lead to hospital visits.

Medication Management

Medication management is key to preventing hospitalisation. Our care professionals are trained to prompt and administer medication so clients take their prescriptions on time and as directed. By preventing missed doses or overdoses we manage conditions effectively and avoid emergency situations.

Routine Health Checks

Regular health checks can catch problems before they become serious. Our care professionals are watchful for changes in our clients’ health and behaviour. They monitor vital signs, track symptoms and report any concerns to family members and healthcare professionals straight away. This proactive approach means early intervention and reduces the risk of hospital admissions.

Nutrition and Meal Planning

A healthy diet is essential for good health. Malnutrition or poor eating habits can worsen health problems and lead to hospitalisation. Home Instead care professionals help with meal planning and preparation so clients get nutritious, balanced meals that meet their dietary needs and preferences.

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Companionship and Mental Health Support

Loneliness and social isolation can have negative effects on physical and mental health and can lead to conditions that require hospitalisation. Our care professionals provide companionship and engage clients in social and recreational activities to promote mental wellbeing and reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.

Fall Prevention

Falls are a major cause of injury in seniors and often lead to hospitalisation. At Home Instead we do a full home safety assessment to identify and remove fall hazards. Our care professionals also assist with mobility and support during daily activities to reduce the risk of falls.

Chronic Disease Management

Managing chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and arthritis requires ongoing care and attention. Our care professionals are trained to support clients with managing these conditions through regular monitoring, attending medical appointments and sticking to treatment plans. This continuous care prevents complications that could lead to hospitalisation.

Emergency Response

Despite all the precautions we take, emergencies can still happen. Home Instead ensures care professionals are trained in emergency procedures and clients have access to emergency response systems. This means a quick response to any health crisis and may prevent the need for hospital admission.

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Making a Real Difference with Care

At Home Instead we don’t just care, we want to make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve in Ruislip, Harrow, Ickenham, Pinner and the surrounding areas. By delivering comprehensive care we help our clients live healthier, fuller lives outside of the hospital.

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