Imagine two patients, both discharged to their home after being treated at a hospital.
Mary is an elderly woman with congestive heart failure and mild cognitive impairment, whose strong support network is available to help cook, clean, and drive her to follow-up appointments with doctors. However, her network is only available to help a couple hours each day.
The other patient, Tom, was discharged home with his wife after a colostomy without supplies, and he was unsure how to empty or change his bag.
If you had to guess, which one would you say was readmitted to the hospital?