Senior screening 325X215Re-hospitalization – admission to a hospital soon after discharge – is common and expensive. In many situations, hospitalization is necessary and appropriate. However, nearly one in every five elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital are re-hospitalized within 30 days.

Returning to the hospital after recovering from an illness, injury or surgery is something nobody wants.

It can cause stress, harm and anxiety for patients, and can interrupt rehabilitation and recovery after an acute illness.

Fortunately, thanks to the emergence of transitional care and short-term rehabilitation programs, many re-hospitalizations are avoidable. Short-term transitional care, such as Diakon Senior Living’s Bridge to Home program, provides the perfect solution for those requiring additional support or care following a hospital stay or completion of a short-term rehabilitation program.

Offered within Diakon Senior Living’s Continuing Care Retirement Community, The Lutheran Home at Topton, Bridge to Home offers the benefit of continued care and extended recovery time within a homelike setting, making patients stronger and less likely to require re-hospitalization. With a goal of revitalizing health and well-being, the Bridge to Home program features individualized, coordinated care and rehabilitation therapies all designed to help return patients to the activities and lifestyle they enjoy – as quickly, effectively and safely as possible.

Programs such as Bridge to Home not only effectively improve results and offer a more complete recovery, but can also help ease transitions between care settings for those who decide to make a permanent move.

For additional information you can contact Diakon Senior Living Services, Luther Crest & The Lutheran Home at Topton, (610) 391-8227. Their website is

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