Advanced Planning Key to Successful Post-Hospitalization Care for Seniors

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Organizing a comprehensive aftercare plan and care team before hospitalized seniors are discharged reduces complication risks, helps families, explains Steve Barlam of LivHOME.

Planning for the post-hospitalization care needs of a senior prior to discharge will help ensure a smooth transition to life at home and support family members while reducing the risk of complications, explains Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME.

Barlam discusses this in Episode 23 of The Senior Care Podcast by LivHOME -- Aftercare for Seniors.

“The crisis of hospitalization combined with shorter hospital stays can leave families feeling unprepared and pressured when a senior is released. But planning in advance for his or her post-discharge needs will ease the burden considerably. The first step is a a discharge plan mapping out practical issues such as medication schedules, diet, exercise, therapies and any equipment these require. The second step is a post-discharge plan coordinating the implementation of this care. The third step -- organizing a team of family members, community members and professionals to help implement -- should ideally be taken during hospitalization, if not before,” says Barlam.

Barlam adds that planning ahead frees up family members to provide the emotional support critical to healing and supports a senior’s recovery by ensuring that no care requirements slip through the cracks.

The episode can be found at The Senior Care Podcast by LivHOME’s homepage, http://www.livehome.com/podcast. Listeners can subscribe via RSS feed, email or though the iTunes store. Episode 23, Aftercare for Seniors, has a run time of 14 minutes, 50 seconds.

About LivHOME
LivHOME is one of the nation's largest providers of professionally led at-home care for seniors. The company is dedicated to finding solutions that enable older adults to remain in their homes as long as possible. Based in Los Angeles, LivHOME delivers high quality at-home care throughout California as well as Arlington, Va., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Silver Spring, Md. LivHOME franchise locations are available across the U.S.

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