There are a variety of challenges facing elderly patients when discharged from a medical facility.

— Is your elderly parent really ready for discharge? Is he/she safe to be sent home?
— Medication changes: many times, prescription drugs will be changed or altered upon discharge from the hospital or rehab facility. This may mean disposing of all the meds at home.
— Medication errors: have your primary care physician review any prescription changes. Seniors may now be taking meds that should not be mixed.
— Is home care needed? Family, or a home health agency? Who will take care of this?
— How is this care service paid for? Medicare may cover a small portion for a short period of time. Do elderly parents have long term care insurance?

Ask questions of discharge staff, and/or social services. Speak with your primary care physician. Know the appropriate level of care required for your elderly parents.

Being discharged from a medical facility requires care continuation.

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– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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