AdvantagePlusCaregivers' Richard Weatherman Examines Hospital-to-Home Transition

Monday, June 4, 2018 Hospital News
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Richard Weatherman, founder and CEO of AdvantagePlusCaregivers.comŪ, and TransitionalCareServices.comŪ, speaks at the San Diego Regional Home Care Council Spring Symposium about patient transition and reducing hospital readmission.

LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Richard Weatherman recently spoke

at the San Diego Regional Home Care Council Annual Spring Symposium, discussing disjointed patient transitions from hospital to home. "Even after all the research and pilot programs that CMS has authorized they still seem to miss the biggest problem in readmissions, which is in the coordination of the transition itself," said Weatherman. "The patient must become the focal point of all communication and coordination of care."

"Unnecessary hospitalizations can prolong a patient's illness, increase their time away from home and family, expose them to potential harms, and add to their health care costs," added Weatherman.

It is estimated in 2017 that the cost of all causes of adult hospital readmissions are over $40 billion annually, and that 76% ($30.4 billion) of these readmissions are preventable. "The top 6 reasons for patient readmission are that the home environment is not conducive to their new condition, failure to understand medication management, non-adherence to lifestyle recommendations, failure to understand and actively participate in the management of their chronic disease, failure to make follow-up appointments and the absence of in-home support," noted Weatherman. "The solution is a transitional care manager."

The transitional care manager manages the transition, such as intake, planning and coordination; starts by meeting the patient in the hospital, does a thorough intake, collects patient data, i.e diagnosis, care plan, doctor's orders, med list, supplies/equipment needed, contact list, and establishes and coordinates any needed resources.

They also conduct a home safety and aids assessment. They will ensure that the home is ready and equipped for the patient with the necessary modifications completed. They will also check for issues that can be unhealthy, and will remove unnecessary items (food/medications).

"The transitional care manager then brings the patient home, and educates the patient and those helping the patient on their self-directed care," concluded Weatherman. "They will also review the care plan, review the medication plan, and set up the next follow-up appointment."

About AdvantagePlusCaregivers.comŪ AdvantagePlusCaregivers.comŪ is a part of the twenty billion dollar a year in home care industry that is projected by experts to be the fastest growing industry for the next ten years in the US and abroad. The company is well positioned as a franchisor with their proprietary online resources in workflow management, caregiver database directory, remedy and CRM built specifically for the industry. For the Spokane, WA and area: For the California Ventura County: For the Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Bernardino County areas: For Public Relations please contact Richard Weatherman at 800-687-8066.

About the NALA™ The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA's mission is to promote a business' relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. The information and content in this article are not in conjunction with the views of the NALA. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361.


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