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May 17, 2017

Successfully Transitioning From Hospital to Home

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A hospital stay is only the first step in the long recovery process. Whether a patient was hospitalized for surgery, disease management or a short-term sickness, full recovery might take some time. A successful transition from hospital to home will require planning, cooperation and attention to detail. Though effort is required, many patients have been able to return to good health even after extended hospital stays. What does it take to make a successful transition after being discharged from the hospital?

Discharge Planning Should Start Early

Discharge planning can be initiated as soon as a patient is admitted to the hospital. There are a lot of arrangements to be made, and planning ahead of time can reduce stress when the discharge takes place. Patients and family members should feel free to speak with their nurses, doctors, and social workers about their discharge planning.

Make Sure Medical Equipment Is Obtained and Set up Before Discharge

Will the patient be using oxygen once they are home? Will they need canes, walkers or other assistive devices? Not only is it important the equipment is available immediately after discharge, the patient must be trained to use it properly. Walkers and crutches, for example, can only be used safely if the proper technique is followed. The nurses and other hospital staff should be able to provide any instruction that is needed.

Dividing up the Caregivers’ Activities

Transitioning from the hospital to home is easiest when a support group is available. Arrangements should be made as early as possible to avoid confusion and lapses in care. Who will drive the patient home? If the patient will need extra care upon returning home, who is available to help? For patients who live alone, it’s very helpful to arrange visits at least a couple of times a day. Even when there are family members sharing the home, it can be helpful to establish ahead of time who will be administering care. Dividing up tasks fairly reduces stress, burnout and hurt feelings in the family. Even better, it contributes to faster recovery and a smoother transition for the patient.

Will Home Care Be Necessary?

Even when the patient has a support group, extra hands are always beneficial – especially when professional help can be obtained. Fedelta Home Care has been helping patients in the Puget Sound area with post-hospital care for well over a decade. From providing transportation home, helping with physical therapy exercises, assisting with bathing and other activities of daily living, and coordinating the discharge planning, our expert home caregivers stick with you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about our home care services.