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Ease the Transition from Hospital to Home Care when You’re a Caregiver

Posted: 7/23/2014 10:05 AM by Interim HealthCare
No one really enjoys visiting the hospital. Whether you’re there because you were injured, had an emergency situation, or you’re visiting a loved one, it’s never a good time. For the elderly who have been hospitalized for some major illness, injury, surgery, or some other ailment, when they are released, it’s going to be vital that they have the best transition possible with a caregiver who is prepared to provide them with the most important things that they will need.

Depending on the severity of the illness, accident, or other ailment that led them to be hospitalized in the first place, the senior may need to be transferred to a nursing home for a short period of time. This is common for stroke victims, individuals who had major surgery, such as hip replacement, or heart attack victims. The time spent in the nursing home will depend on the severity of their health crisis.

At some point, though, perhaps a week or two after being released from the hospital, the patient will be moved home. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and other pressures that are being placed on hospitals, hospitals are moving their patients home more quickly than they had in the past.

When you are expecting the elderly individual to return home, and you’re his or her caregiver, there are a few things that you can do to help with this important transition.

Find out what special care they will require. Ask their doctor for more information. The hospital will also likely provide a care plan to ensure that the patient has what he or she needs.

Make accommodations if the patient will be in a wheelchair. If the patient went to the hospital and hadn’t used a wheelchair before, and they are going to require one now, you will need to make sure that they can get into their home. This could include having a wheelchair ramp installed. Even a temporary one may be necessary in order to wheel them into the house.

Stock health foods. Make sure that the foods that they have in their home are healthy and that they can eat it, given their current health condition.

Make a trip to the pharmacy if needed. While most hospitals have a pharmacy on their premises and patients usually leave with the medications that they require for at least a few days, this isn’t a hard rule. If the patient needs to get some prescriptions filled at the pharmacy, you can do this so that they have what they need when they get home.

These are just a few ideas to help you make the transition from the hospital to their home as smooth as possible when you’re the patient’s caregiver.
 
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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