Taking extra care of your health, or using home care services to stay well, is very important and taking preventative measures can help to keep you out of hospital. Repeated hospital admissions can be detrimental to health and wellbeing.
We know that people recover better and faster from illness or injury at home. Once hospital-based care is no longer needed, it is important to get home as quickly as possible. Avoiding an admission to hospital through living well and safely will support you to live well, for longer.
Prevention is better than cure
With ageing, there are certain risks and signs which, if ignored, may lead to spending some time in hospital. Some of the things to be vigilant for include:
- missed doctor appointments or putting off medical health checks
- social isolation
- signs of inactivity or depression
- problems with cooking, eating nutritious foods and hydration
- keeping the house clean and hygienic
- poor appetite or change in weight
- worsening of conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes
- disinterest in overall health and welfare
- decline in participating in hobbies and interests
- confusion, which may be caused by an underlying condition such as dementia
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, keeping mentally and physically active, getting good quality sleep and socialising with others, means that older individuals will be taking the positive steps needed to avert an unnecessary stay in hospital.
How home care can help prevent or delay a hospital stay
It’s not always easy to keep on your of your health. That’s where home care by HomeCare Bromley can help.
We provide a wide range of flexible help at home, whether you need companionship, someone to prepare your meals and keep the house clean or just to take you to medical appointments.
We can provide you with the support you need to reduce the risk of accidents by helping you cope with day-to-day tasks that are no longer easy to perform.
Returning home after spending time in hospital
Sometimes a hospital visit is unavoidable. When in full-time hospital care, you will be closely monitored and looked after while being nursed back to full health. When it is time to come home, you may need some additional care and support to help you manage.
When this happens, our community caregivers can help you transition from hospital to home, including practical arrangements such as assisted travel and taking care of safety in the home, collecting prescriptions, changing beds and stocking the fridge to arranging follow-up appointments with your GP.