Home / Brand Stories / How Transition Care helps in reducing hospital readmissions for senior citizens

Old age is often notable for imposing numerous health conditions that require hospitalization. The conditions that occur in such age groups range from mild infections to severe health conditions and include a wide array of disorders. Most well-known disorders include hearing loss, cataracts, and refractive errors, neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary and heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, dementia and depression. 

Healthcare centers and hospitals usually treat senior citizens for their condition and discharge them, recommending them regular visits to monitor their health. What slips off people’s minds is that for an aged person, there is a particular phase between hospital discharge and home, that requires special attention and care and is crucial for the mental and physical recovery of the individual post-hospitalization. This phase identified as Transition Care is defined as a short-term specialized care and support provided during a movement from one healthcare setting to either another or to home that helps the patient regain functional independence and full recovery.

After discharge from a hospital, it takes a considerable time for an aged person to recover and adapt to their usual routine. This recovery period further prolongs when they go home directly after treatment as the experience of hospitalization is usually traumatic to aged people and while at home, they might not meet all the medical requirements needed for a post-hospitalization recovery. This is when Geriatricians felt the need to structure a specialized rehabilitative care that will assist in the health management and recovery of an aged person post-hospitalization or post-surgical period, a concept that is relatively new in the country but prominent overseas.

Transition Care is a comprehensive care service that provides a specific type of space and environment for the elderly to take their own time to adapt to the change in environment. This service involves placing the aged citizens in a specialized multi-disciplinary setting which gives them access to various healthcare resources such as Chronic and acute medical care, post-surgical care, urinary catheter, IV infusions and injections, elderly care with independent assistance, oxygen administration, illness or injury recovery assistance, and many more care services all within in a home-like facility and environment.

Along with this, the service offers important features like medical supervision, monitored nutrition, and emotional support to ensure complete physical, mental and emotional recovery.

At present, it is predominantly seen that families and friends usually take the elders right back home after treatment and soon readmit them within a few days. It is observed through various researches that the elderly are at higher risks of readmission and around 30% of elderly are readmitted to the hospitals within 30 days of discharge.

With a frail and aging body, shuttling back and forth to a hospital in short spans only leads to the exhaustion of monetary resources and deterioration of the physical health of the individual. Staying at the hospital for a long period can often prove to be costly. At the same time bringing them home before they are recovered completely will increase the chances of re-admissions. This is a situation nobody wants to be in.

This is probably the space where people can explore the option of Transition Care, a service that provides the comfort of the home coupled with the facilities provided at a hospital to an aged person to wean off the mental and physical impact they go through at hospitals till they stabilize to a normal setting.

Where to find Transition Care? 

Speaking on this, Mr. Srinivasan G, Founder & CEO, Athulya Senior Care said, “So this Transition Care, which aids in full-recovery of an aged person post-hospitalization in the most comfortable way possible is not that hard to find out. Prominent Assisted Care Living and Healthcare facilities have now included it in their list of provided services. These Assisted Care Living facilities provide transition care for elderly patients at their living facilities with customized healthcare plans for long-term and short-term care and ample healthcare facilities. Taking into account the individual’s requirement, Assisted Care Facilities provide transition care provides personalized nursing, medical, and psychological care, and medical expert supervision. Transition Care is not limited to any specific ailment and provides assistance to all sorts of conditions including serious ones like Stroke, spinal cord injuries, cardiac issues, traumatic brain injuries, mental health disorders, and hip and knee replacement issues."

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