10 Common Causes for Hospital Readmissions

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Senior woman and her son leaving thge hospital with doctor and nurse

Mom's coming home from the hospital. How can her care team and family make sure she doesn't need to go back?

Every year, senior patients are discharged from the hospital, only to return shortly thereafter. This is costly for our healthcare system, and is certainly not something patients hope for!

Some of these readmissions are unavoidable, but many could be prevented. Right at Home's Director of Quality Care, Lorraine Grote Johnson, shares 10 common factors that might lead to the so-called "hospital revolving door":

  • Medication errors.
  • Failure to follow the doctor's instructions.
  • Fall injuries.
  • Lack of follow-up care.
  • Inadequate care support at home.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • Transportation challenges.
  • Infection.
  • Being discharged too early.
  • Lack of information about end-of-life care.
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