OMAHA, Neb., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent study* published in the BMJ on Tuesday shows that "medical errors"
Hospital stays often lead to more serious health declines for many older patients, which can start the cycle of frequent hospital readmissions if the patient does not have a plan and support system in place. Additionally, medical errors claim 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer's. Thus, it is imperative that seniors and their families work together to decrease hospitalization risks.
"Taking a few simple steps, such as tuning into a senior's symptoms or installing assistive equipment, can go a long way in preventing hospitalizations and the future complications that often follow the stay," says Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor for Home Instead Senior Care. "We know from decades of experience how important it is for families to be involved in helping seniors maintain their independence, and that is especially true given the news regarding medical errors."
To help your senior loved ones avoid the hospital, the Home Instead Senior Care network recommends that families do the following:
Additional free family resources, including The Five Ways to Prevent Senior Hospitalizations guide developed in partnership with Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association's immediate past president Dr. Carolyn Clevenger, can be found at www.preventseniorhospitalizations.com.
*Martin A Makary, Michael Daniel. Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US. BMJ, 2016; i2139 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.i2139
**Home Instead, Inc. completed telephone interviews with a random sample of 400 nurses who work with seniors in North America. The nurses surveyed work in the following community-based settings: hospitals; doctor offices and clinics; adult day care; and home health companies.
***Home Instead, Inc. completed telephone interviews with a random sample of 500 seniors in the United States and Canada to identify their perceptions and habits regarding medication safety. Only seniors who take one or more prescription medications were included in the survey.
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 12 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual's needs. Services span the care continuum from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.
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SOURCE Home Instead Senior Care
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