St. Louis Home Care Company Develops a Cutting-Edge Approach to Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

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As an advocate for patients transitioning out of the hospital setting and trusted partner of leading medical institutions, Home Care Assistance is committed to reducing avoidable hospital readmissions with a trailblazing approach to post-discharge care.

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Hospital readmissions are not only detrimental to a patient's mental and physical health and expensive, but they can result in hospital penalization, said Dr. David B. Carr, MD.

Home Care Assistance of St. Louis, North America’s leading provider of in-home care, announced today a long-term initiative to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and readmissions and become the leader among home care agencies in hospitalization reduction. With its ambitious company mission, “to change the way the world ages and heals”, Home Care Assistance has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and resources to research to its Transition Home Think Tank to understand the many factors that contribute to available readmissions and unnecessary hospitalizations.

“We are proud to offer resources to help patients and their loved ones transition seamlessly from the hospital setting to home and avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions,” said Jeff Schweikert, President of Home Care Assistance of St. Louis. “We have a proprietary training model in place that promotes the very types of lifestyle behaviors that help keep our clients out of the hospital and assists them in following their unique plan of care after hospitalizations to recover and avoid readmissions.”

As both a trusted partner of many leading medical institutions and a trusted advocate to thousands of aging adults and post-hospitalization clients recuperating at home, Home Care Assistance is in a unique position to develop and implement trailblazing policies that benefit patients and hospitals. Scholarly research, years of practical experience and discussions with numerous physicians, discharge planners, risk managers, rehabilitation facilities and clients have contributed to the suite of materials of avoiding hospital readmission that Home Care Assistance is proud and excited to share with consumers.

Avoidable hospital readmissions are a problem that impacts numerous individuals—from the patients who suffer from the physical and emotional toll of hospitalizations to the hospitals who will have to start paying penalties for inability to reduce the re-hospitalization of patients with certain medical conditions to direct and indirect costs to society. Home Care Assistance, innovative among home care agencies for its innovative approach to home care, is dedicated in its endeavor to develop resources to aid patients and hospitals in reducing avoidable readmissions. Materials that are available include disease specific care guides for conditions such as pneumonia and congestive heart failure directed at post-hospitalization care, to a book, From Hospital to Home Care available for pre-sale on Amazon.com, offering practical advice to family and professional caregivers caring for individuals being discharged from the hospital setting, the website http://www.HospitaltoHomeCare.com with resources and tools for patients and their loved ones and a targeted Hospital to Home transition care package to ease the transition back to the home or rehabilitation setting.

“Hospital readmissions are not only detrimental to a patient's mental and physical health and expensive, but they can result in hospital penalization,” said Dr. David B. Carr, MD. “Readmissions may be the result of inadequate support and supervision following the patient’s discharge orders upon returning home. Having a structured, professional Hospital to Home program like the one offered by Home Care Assistance promises benefits to the patient and the hospital by working in conjunction with the patient's medical team to ensure discharge orders are followed and intervention occurs before a readmission is necessary.”

While this suite of materials is designed to dramatically reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, Home Care Assistance prides itself in taking a preventive approach to health and wellness. Its proprietary Balanced Care Method, based on rigorously studied lifestyle factors that contribute to healthy longevity, is a core part of the its caregiver training model and care program.

For more information about Home Care Assistance of St. Louis, visit http://www.HomeCareAssistance.com or call 314-863-8989 or toll free at 1-866-454-8346.

For more information about Dr. Carr’s honors, awards, achievements and medical specialties, please visit:http:// http://wuphysicians.wustl.edu/physician2.aspx?PhysNum=1107.

ABOUT HOME CARE ASSISTANCE OF ST LOUIS

For more than 5 years, Home Care Assistance of St. Louis has provided care to hundreds of clients across the greater St. Louis region. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults.

ABOUT HOME CARE ASSISTANCE

Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults. A 2012 Franchise500® Company, Home Care Assistance has received numerous industry awards including Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises and Franchise Business Review’s Top 50. For more information about Home Care Assistance, our services and franchise opportunities, visit homecareassistance.com or franchise.homecareassistance.com.

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