Questions to Ask Before Your Senior is Discharged from the Emergency Room

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Hearing they are being discharged from the emergency room can be an exciting moment for your senior. No one enjoys spending time in an emergency room, but discharge can be an important time of the process, and you don’t want to overlook it or rush it. During this time, it is important to make sure both of you fully understand what happens during the visit, and what needs to be done moving forward to help your parent overcome what brought them to seek treatment, and to avoid further complications.

Home Health Care Wooster OH - Questions to Ask Before Your Senior is Discharged from the Emergency Room

Home Health Care Wooster OH – Questions to Ask Before Your Senior is Discharged from the Emergency Room

Asking the doctor plenty of questions can help you get the information you need, so both your senior and you as a family caregiver can feel confident transferring from care in the emergency room to care at home.

Some questions to ask before your senior is discharged from the emergency room include:

  • What was their diagnosis?
  • If there was no diagnosis, what was causing their symptoms or complaints?
  • What treatments were done in the emergency room?
  • What was the purpose of these treatments?
  • Were the treatments successful?
  • What types of tests were run in the emergency room?
  • What was the purpose of the tests?
  • What was the result of the tests?
  • What does this mean?
  • What prescriptions were they given?
  • What is the purpose of these prescriptions?
  • Where can a prescription be filled?
  • When does your senior need to start taking the medication?
  • Will any other follow-up care be needed?
  • Has a follow-up appointment been set?
  • What type of care will your senior need at home?
  • When can your senior expect to feel better?
  • What should you look out for to determine if they may need to return to the hospital or to their doctor?

 

When your aging parent is recovering from an illness or injury, home health care can be a valuable part of the healing process. This type of healing requires additional support, care, and assistance to let their bodies heal and ensure they are doing what they need to do to manage their health.

A home health care services provider can step in to make this easier for them and for you as their family caregiver. Managing tasks throughout the home such as dishes and laundry enable your parent to conserve energy so they can focus on healing. Meal and snack preparation supports good nutrition and medication reminders help your parent to stay compliant to get the benefits their doctor intends.

If you are considering Home Health Care Services in Wooster OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.