Reducing Hospital Readmission rates for those with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia may sound like a lofty goal, but it can be done. Hospitals need to think beyond the 30-day readmission goal post to one that extends to 90 days post-discharge. This plan can, and should, include the Caregiver as they represent the connection between the patient and the medical professionals. But how do you engage the Caregiver?
4 Considerations for a Caregiver engagement strategy:
Before hospitalization is needed
It’s important for patients and their families to know hospitals have a system in place to work with Caregivers, but how can hospitals do this when resources are limited?
Caregivers are instrumental in keeping their loved one’s lives on track, from medical care to activities of daily living. With VirtuALZ, our Care Team will establish a relationship with the Caregiver.
By partnering with VirtuALZ, hospitals can implement an unprecedented level of Caregiver engagement. Post-discharge is the most crucial time in the recovery process. Understanding this, VirtuALZ will conduct meaningful check-ins with the Caregiver to ensure the Caregiver is not only supported, but can assist with monitoring the recovery process of their loved one. Caregivers are encouraged to check vitals and report this information during check-ins.
With a registered nurse as part of the VirtuALZ Care Team, Caregivers will have continued qualified support. This level of support from VirtuALZ may reduce rates of patient hospitalization and readmission.
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