Signs of Trouble Post Hospitalization

by Lois Etienne on November 8, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Your loved one has just been released from the hospital. Now you’re in charge. What should you be looking out for. Health related warning signs don’t necessarily come with loud bells and bright lights. In fact, many are much more subtle and could be over looked or passed off because they seem inconsequential or “matter of course.” Missing or ignoring those signs could be a huge mistake and lead to further complications and hospital readmission for your senior loved one.

According to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, after being hospitalized, be sure to call the doctor if any of these general problems appear:

  • No bowel movement in three days
  • New skin problems
  • Change in balance, coordination or strength
  • Change in mental status or behavior
  • Ineffective pain management
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Running out of medication
  • Dizziness or fever

The VNSNY also advises that you should also call 911 if your senior experiences:

  • A fall with bleeding or a broken bone
  • Severe or prolonged bleeding
  • Severe or prolonged pain
  • You are unable to wake the senior
  • New onset of slurred speech
  • Sudden weakness
  • Chest pain that medication does not help
  • Increased difficulty breathing

When calling either the doctor or 911 be sure to have your loved one’s recovery record, list of medications, and list of doctors and other healthcare providers in hand. Use this handy Caring for Your Parents: Senior Emergency Kit℠ to record this information in advance.

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