Posted on: Jun 27, 2017
The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke with 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 in place for follow-up care.
In this New York Times article, Judith Graham says similar scenarios occur surprisingly often: As many as 28 percent of hospital patients offered home health care when they’re being discharged — mostly older people — say “no” to those services, according to a new report.