For many of our seniors, hospitalization results in functional decline despite cure or repair of the condition for which they were admitted. Hospitalization can result in complications unrelated to the problem that caused the admission or to its specific treatment for reasons that are unexplainable and avoidable.
Usual aging is often associated with functional changes, such as decline in muscle strength and oxygen capacity, gait instability, reduced bone density, diminished appetite and thirst, and a tendency toward urinary incontinence. Hospitalization and bed rest contribute to enforced immobilization, reduction of blood volume, accelerated bone loss and hearing and visual sensory deprivation.
Project H.A.R.P. is Pathfinder Home Healthcare’s Hospital Admission Reduction Program. This program is specially designed to reduce hospital admissions or re-admissions for our seniors. Patients will receive top-rate care in their own home and will also be educated on how to better take care of themselves and live safely within their own home. Under this program, each patient receives a plan customized to fit their specific needs and includes:
- Chronic illness education and development of management skills
- Medication education and compliance assistance
- nutrition and hydration education and compliance assistance
- fall risk assessment and problem solving
- Increased communication among patients, family, and care providers
- Early detection of changes in a patients condition: signs and symptoms of heart failure, wound infection, urinary tract infection, anti-coagulation toxicity and changes in mental status
- Infection control