Throw rugs, clutter, balance issues – even small pets – can pose a tripping or fall threat to older people. In fact, falls represent one of the top reasons for hospital re admissions. Listen in for some tips on how to create a safe environment.
Once a patient is discharged, they can have up to 8 medications to take. Side effects, dosages and simply remembering to take them are common problems once patients are home. SMH provides a very detailed discharge document, a hotline for questions, and caregiver support.
As a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated Hospital, SMH has committed to elder care while in the hospital and before the patient goes home. The special markers will give health care providers enhanced skills to care for the aging population.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned the special designation of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). With about 63 percent of inpatient admissions being 65 years and older, SMH wanted to go the extra mile in earning NICHE designation. Listen in to find out all the reasons.