Sibling Team Can Prevent Aging Parent Hospital Readmissions

What’s happens if a midlife sibling doesn’t help when an aging parent comes home from the hospital? Mom or Dad can end up straight back at the sliding hospital door. One sibling cannot do it all. If you have no sibling team to share the heavy load, that can push the aging parent backwards – many times into a screaming ambulance straight to the ER. This costs older people a wider chunk of their health and then bills Medicare a bundle. If the Feds find hospitals have excess readmissions, as of October 1, 2012, hospitals all over the country who will be penalized .As taxpayers, we all pay for elders being readmitted to hospitals time and time again. Elderly parents pay by getting sicker and perhaps dying. But a midlife sibling team can stop this. What midlife sisters and brothers urgently have to do when aging parents need care-is to form a sibling squad. This means fielding that team long before a hospital admission, keeping it going during the hospitalization, then at discharge. The danger zone amplifies, after the parent’s discharge. At this critical intersection, it takes many hands to care for an aging Mom or Dad. The endless tasks include to giving direct care or hiring care, driving to doctors appointments, managing medications, paying bills, putting in home safety items, like ramps and supporting aging Mom and Dad so they remain at home and don’t cycle back through the hospital sooner than 30 days. It takes a village- of siblings.  On. March 13, 2012 at 2 PM EST based on my books author of “Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships” and Handbook of Geriatric Care Management”, I will speak to Polly Whitehorn, E Care Radio, on how sibling relationships affect the caregiving process ” in the aging family. Tune in 5 PM today while I help you with reconnecting with siblings to create a care team for aging parents .

 

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About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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