Elder Options Inc., a care managed home care agency serving the Sacramento Region recently released research comparing hospital readmission rates with those nationally and within the Northern California area.
“Currently, nearly 20 percent of Medicare patients recidivise within 30 days of hospital discharge,” according to the Remington Report.
State reports confirm that this is also true for Northern California.
After collecting raw data for more than two years, results show that Elder Options’ clients have much less hospital time (ER, observation and admission) with only a 3 percent readmission rate with the care managed home care model Elder Options espouses and uses with all its clients.
After a hospital stay a geriatric care manager (GCM) assists each client and family with changes in medication management, follow-up appointment with a physician (attending with the client as needed), change in needs and updates with the care plan to address the client’s issues to regain health and continued independence.
Credentialed experts in a health and human services field, GCMs complete assessments, develop individual care plans, assist with accessing community resources and are an ongoing resource to support the client within their own home setting.
“Providing care managed home care for 25 years, we knew anecdotally the Elder Options’ model of all client care supervised by a credentialed geriatric care manager was not only extending the clients’ ability to remain independent in their own home but was also keeping them out of hospital emergency rooms and decreasing hospital admissions. Keeping statistics for an extended period on hospital admissions, ER visits and length of stays confirmed what we knew was happening with our clients,” said Carol Heape, founder and CEO.
“More importantly, Elder Options’ clients are not going to the hospital as often, are admitted less frequently and their stays when admitted, are shorter,” she concluded.
There are now approximately 6 million adults over 65 who need daily assistance to live outside of a skilled nursing facility. By 2030 this number is projected to more than double to 12 million.
“This is exactly why this kind of research is so helpful,” Heape said. “It is important to recognize what models work and to partner with others to develop a community-based solution for this population.”
The research report conducted by Elder Options’ staff and compiled by Faith Biagini, CSUS intern, is available at elderoptionsca.com.; working with Referral Partner/Medical Staff (downloads).