When you have a loved one in the hospital, they may not leave the hospital and head straight home. Many people, particularly seniors, require short-term or long-term care in a rehabilitation center before they are ready to return home. These transitions can be difficult for both you as the caregiver and your loved one who is transitioning. Moving elderly patients between different care settings is emotionally stressful for everyone involved in the transition. And these transitions can also lead to additional health problems and rehospitalization rates if you’re not careful about the transition process. Here are a few tips for helping your loved on transition from hospital to rehab to home:
Make Plans Prior To Your Loved One’s Hospital Discharge
The key to any successful transition from one care setting to another is proper planning beforehand. The last thing you want is for your loved one’s discharge to come as a surprise. You should start planning for next steps after discharge as soon as possible. The hospital should have a discharge planner or social worker on staff who can help you plan for this transition. These professionals have extensive experience in planning everything about your loved one’s transition – they can help with planning where your loved one will go upon discharge, the transportation they will need, how they will pay for their care, and community-based services. Checklists are helpful when planning transitions. A checklist will allow you to keep track of what tasks they have completed and which tasks are still outstanding. Careful planning will ensure your loved one’s home or assisted living facility is set-up to be as safe as possible while leaving your loved one with as much independence as possible.
Assess Your Loved One’s Capabilities Realistically When Making Home Modifications & Planning For Their Care
When your loved one is transitioning from one care setting to another, you may need to make modifications to the home they are transitioning to. Things that were once not a major problem could become a major hazard if they have limited mobility or other capabilities. Professionals such as occupational and physical therapists can help you do an assessment of your loved one’s home and recommend any necessary modifications. You will need to perform your own assessment of your loved one’s capabilities to ensure the plans the hospital has made for transitioning care are realistic. You must know your and your loved one’s abilities and limitations and make your needs clear when planning with the hospital for discharge. Did you know that almost half of all family caregivers perform complex medical or nursing tasks? Make sure you have thorough training and understanding of any care you provide yourself. Make sure you have arranged for any in-home health care providers your loved one will need prior to discharge.
Schedule A Tour Of Mease Manor To See How We Can Provide Your Loved One With The Care They Need Through Each Transition
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