Planning key to staying healthy at home

With proper planning, returning home from a hospital stay need not result in unexpected challenges for seniors.

Currently, one in five Medicare patients is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge.

Studies have shown that nearly half these readmissions are linked to social problems and lack of access to community resources, according to a news release issued by the Eldercare Locator.

To help combat this readmission epidemic, a new informational brochure is available for senior citizens and those who care for them.

“Hospital to Home: Plan for a Smooth Transition” is the new publication from the Eldercare Locator.

It features information about planning for a stay in the hospital and planning for your return home.

The brochure includes tips for making a hospital kit, preparing your home, managing medications and learning about community resources that might be helpful, the release stated.

To obtain a free copy of the brochure, call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116 or download it from the Resources section of