Has your loved one recently been hospitalized for an accident or illness? Are you overwhelmed with the idea of post-hospitalization care? Considering some of these rehabilitation options early in the process can help make the transition of care smooth for your loved one.
The goal of post-hospital care is to reduce the risk of readmission by helping your loved one regain strength and confidence, continue rehabilitation and recovery, and ensure health and safety in daily life.
Inpatient rehabilitation can be provided in either a free-standing rehabilitation facility or in a distinct unit of a hospital building. Your loved one will stay in the facility until they have completed their rehabilitation process, and may continue to receive other medical care to assist in recovery. Physical or occupational therapists, along with nurses and doctors will provide care to your loved one.
Skilled Nursing Facility
Another form of inpatient recovery is a short stay in a skilled nursing facility. Many nursing homes can provide services for those with complex medication regimens, wound care, or rehabilitation needs. These facilities also have aide staff available 24 hours a day to assist your loved one with activities of daily life whenever necessary.
Recovery at Home
Your loved one may be able to go home immediately following their hospital stay. Patients who are sent home generally require some continued skilled nursing care and supervision, which can be in the form of rehabilitation sessions and/or caregiver support.
Physical and occupational therapists can assist your loved one in the recovery process, nurses can continue medical care, and caregivers can assist your loved one in activities of daily life throughout recovery.
Outpatient Care in Rehabilitation Center
If your loved one is able to move home after a hospital stay, they may be required to attend outpatient rehabilitation in the hospital or a separate facility. Your loved one will need to travel from their home to the facility on a regular basis. This type of rehabilitation is often paired with caregiver services to ensure safety in the home during the recovery process along with a reliable source of transportation for appointments.
Hospice care is intended only for those in the terminal phase of life, with an expected prognosis of six months or less. While most hospice occurs at home, some nursing homes offer designated hospice beds and some communities have inpatient hospice facilities.
Hospice care focuses on the easing of your loved one’s physical pain and symptoms, along with providing emotional and spiritual support for both your loved one and their family and friends.
All above care options are intended as short-term post-hospital care. Depending on the medical condition of your loved one, long term care options may need to be considered. This may include a long-term stay in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or a long-term caregiver to provide services in the home.
It is important to take into consideration your loved one’s injury or illness, preferences, current care needs, future care needs, and location. Recommendations and opinions of healthcare professionals involved in your loved one’s care should also be considered.