October 9-15 is National Case Management Week, and we would like to recognize and show appreciation for all the Case Managers out there. Case Managers do exceptional work in helping with the transition of care, especially within the elderly community.
In a recent study, one in five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital 14-30 days post-discharge. Case Managers are crucial in reducing this statistic and helping patients transition into other care. Case Managers do so much, but below we highlighted four ways they can reduce hospital readmissions.
Case Management Care
- Case Managers can help set up your follow-up doctor appointment for the week after discharge. Follow-up is key to avoid re-admissions to the hospital.
- Case Managers can help set up Medicare home health services to continue physical and occupational therapy services
- Case Managers can help educate the patient-caregiver on medication or care changes, how to use new devices or tools such as a walker, etc.
- Case Managers can help to identify higher-level care options like:
- 1. An acute or short-term rehab stay may benefit your loved one to set them up for success
- 2. In-home private duty caregiver services
- 3. Senior Living community options such as assisted living
Case Managers do so much more than we’ve highlighted above. Often they can be the sounding board for families when discussing the next steps of care. We work closely with Case Managers to help recommend care and resource options.
Remember to reach out to us at Sunways to be part of your discharge team so your loved one is set up for success and can avoid readmissions to the hospital!
We also have created a resource page for all Case Managers. Please access by clicking here.