“Leaving Hospital, Older Patients Resist Home Help At Their Peril” – California Healthline

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by Judith Graham

“The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.

“So the social worker canceled an order for home health care services. And the patient went back to his apartment without plans for follow-up care in place.

“When his daughter, Lisa Winstel, found out what had happened she was furious. She’d spent a lot of time trying to convince her father that a few weeks of help at home was a good idea. And she’d asked the social worker to be in touch if there were any problems.

“Similar scenarios occur surprisingly often: As many as 28 percent of patients offered home health care when they’re being discharged from a hospital — mostly older adults — say “no” to those services, according to a new report.”

Read this California Healthline article in its entirety here.

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