You've done everything you can to make sure someone you love gets the best possible care in the hospital. But once the doctor gives you the good news that your loved one is ready to be discharged, your duties aren't over. In fact, you may find they're just beginning.
Whether your loved one's care takes place at home or in a rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility, there are many, many decisions to make, both in the beginning and as time goes on. And how you handle post-hospital care can make an enormous difference in your loved one's long-term recovery -- and in whether or not he ends up having to return to the hospital. "A high percentage of people discharged are readmitted within 30 days," says geriatric care manager Kay Paggi. "Often it's because they don't read the discharge instructions, don't understand them, or can't comply with them." Here, the 5 most common pitfalls, and how to avoid them.