Hospital Discharge: What is the role of a medical social worker and discharge planner?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 300 million seniors over the age of 65 utilized ambulatory care and their average hospital stay was 5.5 days. This senior demographic represent 40% of all adult hospital stays in the United States. These statistics aren’t designed to scare you, but we did include them to show you that it’s important to prepare ahead for an aging loved one’s potential medical emergency.

The trained and experienced senior caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Placer County want to share some pertinent information with you to help you gain knowledge and understanding about senior hospital stays.

If your elderly loved one has to spend time in the hospital, you will likely have to communicate with a medical social worker. These social workers also specialize in discharge planning. Knowing what those workers do can open up the doors to allowing these medical professionals to help and aid in the hospital to home transfer.

Making Medical Arrangements

Making medical arrangements is one of the biggest responsibilities of a medical social worker and discharge planner. Many aging adults cannot immediately go back to their old lives. Whether suffering from a stroke, heart attack or other medical condition, your loved one will need to attend follow-up appointments with doctors and specialists after arriving home. A social worker can help arrange live-in senior care in Placer County to assist with daily tasks. They can also help elderly patients obtain wheelchairs, walkers and other medical supplies that they may need at home.

Planning for Other Needs

Discharge planners are in place to assist patients with other needs. They can arrange for in-home care from a licensed or approved caretaker or can even communicate with an organization that delivers meals to those who cannot cook for themselves.

An in-home caregiver from Home Care Assistance in Placer County is able to help with all of these tasks. Out expertly trained post-hospital caregivers in Placer County are knowledgeable in how to help seniors who are recovering from a hospital stay. From providing transportation to appointments and picking up a prescription to helping with in-home therapies and providing mobility support, our care staff is there to make sure your elderly loved one recovers safely and efficiently within the comfort of home.

For more information on our in-home senior care plans, please call 916.226.3737 to schedule a complementary consultation.

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