October 6, 2016 |

5 Ways You Can Reduce Your Seniors’ Institutionalization Risk

Not only do you know that seniors who move from your excellent home care tend not to be as healthy or live as long when they’re institutionalized, but you also know that your business is at risk when seniors are moved from your care to a nursing home or other facility.  It’s your responsibility as caregivers and as owners of caregiving companies to do everything you can to keep seniors healthy, engaged, and aging comfortably in place at home.

Once you’ve identified the warning signs that your senior’s risk of institutionalization may have increased (hint – use the handy tools SeniorGrowth provides) then you’re ready to start making changes for the better.  Want to know more about how you can keep your seniors healthy enough to stay in their own homes?  Here’s how:

1. Make assessments part of your monthly routine

SeniorGrowth understands how much you have to juggle.  You’re busy taking care of your clients, managing your caregivers, and ensuring that you deliver the best care possible, day in and day out.  But that’s not enough.  Fortunately, SeniorGrowth has built versatile tools that let you collect and input information and have access to our data analytics know-how.  We crunch the numbers, and you’re on your way in no time, armed with the information and recommendations you need to improve your seniors’ health.  If you’re on top of your seniors’ quality of life, you’re poised to notice any sudden decline that may indicate an imminent institutionalization.  SeniorGrowth helps you make vigilance part of your daily routine.

2. Get family members involved

No man (or woman) is an island, and there’s no reason to behave like we are.  Caregivers often have great resources in our seniors’ family members.  It’s just a matter of keeping them engaged and focused on constructive interactions.  One of the strengths of SeniorGrowth’s toolbox is that it allows you to share information with key people in each senior’s life.  Not only will designated family members be able to stay current on their loved ones’ status, but they’ll also receive recommendations about how they can help keep their senior healthy, engaged, and happy at home.  Let SeniorGrowth show you what an asset family members can be!

3. Manage medications

You already know it’s important, but it bears repeating, both because there’s a correlation between number of medications and higher risk of institutionalization and because safely administering medication is a vital part of your caregivers’ everyday duties.  Making absolutely sure that your seniors and their family members understand dosage instructions and are warned about possible drug interactions is absolutely critical.  Failing to appropriately manage medication can have catastrophic side effects.

4. Talk to your seniors

This may sound simplistic, but it’s not.  Low self-rated health status is another important indicator of risk, so if caregivers incorporate a discussion about how seniors are feeling – both physically and mentally – it can establish an important baseline against which change can be measured.  Though caregivers are busy, it’s important to take the time to listen as they move through their days and duties.  Communication is key to the partnership your business creates.  Encouraging seniors, families, and caregivers to take the time to talk produces big benefits.

5. Keep accurate records

Warning signs of institutionalization risk often manifest as a change in a senior’s outlook or physical condition.  That means the caregivers most likely to identify seniors at risk are those who know each clients’ history.  Whether it’s a history of institutionalization or a tendency toward seasonal depression, giving your caregivers all the information they need to make educated evaluations of seniors’ conditions will yield enormous benefits, both for your seniors and for your business.

Keeping your seniors out of nursing homes may seem like a daunting task, and in truth, there are times when it’s our of your hands.  As we age, our conditions tend to decline, but there is hope!  By educating your caregivers about the importance of monitoring institutionalization risk and by equipping them with the tools they need to evaluate and mitigate risks, you’re taking a big step forward in keeping your seniors right where they want to be:  safely at home.

Let SeniorGrowth show you just how well our tools can work for your business.  Visit SeniorGrowth today to try out our institutionalization risk assessment for free.  Take the first step toward managing risks more efficiently and effectively with SeniorGrowth as your partner in health.  Your seniors and your caregivers will thank you, and your bottom line will benefit too!