FREDERICK, Md. - Studies show that one in five Medicare patients returns to the hospital within 30 days of release. And after months of hospitalization, one local woman wanted to be in her own home and close to her family to recover. And thanks to an in home care service and assistance... She's learning how to live on her own and in her own home.
“You don't realize when you're in an in patient care place whether it's a hospital or a nursing home how much is done for you,” said Jo Anne Yingling, who uses Right at Home. “That when you come home you have to do yourself and with their help they're able to help you get to that point that you can do it yourself.”
Jo Anne Yingling spent several months in hospitals and rehab care before coming home and using right at home care services for her recovery.
She says it was a financially better decision than recovering in a nursing home.
“And I think you do better recovery when you're home, in your own environment and I had been a while from my family for 11 months and it was time for me to be with my family and still have someone look out for me,” said Yingling.
She has two caregivers from right at home services, helping her with daily routines like getting the mail and preparing meals.
“There are so many little things that you find in the beginning when you're home you can't do that's been done for you in the nursing home but they can do it,” said Yingling.
And Yingling says she's gained more than just her strength and mobility back.
“We try to treat them as part of the family and I think that makes a difference because you develop this relationship that she's not only a caregiver but she turns out to be a friend,” said Yingling.
“And I think that's great for not only her but for the caregiver too because it makes the caregiver feel comfortable and when a caregiver feels comfortable then they're going to do their job,” said Danielle Moore, Right at Home Caregiver.
Yingling is still recovering but she's happier being right at home.
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