Your aging parent is about to be discharged from the hospital or a skilled nursing facility where they’ve been rehabilitating for a few weeks in preparation of returning home.
However, when you’re about to transition a senior back home, is everything with that senior in the clear prior to being discharged?
Truthfully, the answer is: Maybe, maybe not.
In many facilities, the relationship at this point is largely transactional – an overworked discharge planner or social worker is focused on placement options, transportation and rubber stamping paperwork in order to get the patient released.
To prevent your loved one doesn’t get lost in this hurried discharge process, it would be immensely helpful for a family like yours to have an advocate in your parent’s corner on a Friday afternoon to navigate the next steps before any paperwork is signed.
That’s where a highly experienced care manager can be a welcome sight as one who is focused on the emotional state of your parent, knows what questions to ask the facility and can make special arrangements such as a hospital bed and hand railings. If the senior doesn’t have absolutely everything they need at home arranged, we’ll communicate to a discharge planner that they should postpone the discharge from the facility.
The bottom line? A plan needs to be put in place well before the senior arrives home – not when they actually get there. While a discharge planner may think of this aspect, we can’t assume so. That’s why 1776 Senior Care’s care managers are present to ensure all t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted on every detail prior to discharge.
The Physical Therapy Phase
Physical therapy exercises don’t stop just because the senior has arrived home, which can mean either physical therapy exercises that need to be done at home or going to physical therapy. In the latter event, at 1776 Senior Care, our caregivers can drive the senior to physical therapy or arrange for a facility’s van to provide pick-up.
During this time, particularly if they’re in skilled rehabilitation, one of our 1776 care managers will be speaking with you regularly and bringing you up to speed on your parent’s progress. Call it an extension of our online care portal in which you are able to view the care logs each day for your parent.
We’re All In This Together
The reality, in many cases, is that even when a senior returns home, it may not necessarily be the last time for a while. A cycle of home-hospital-physical rehabilitation may very well continue from here. To prepare for that and provide the utmost quality of ongoing care, we believe in taking a “team” approach that involves 1776’s care managers and caregivers communicating closely with a facility’s discharge planner or social worker and, of course, your family.
That said, we also know that even as you’re worried about the care for your aging parent during their transition back home, you likely have many priorities pulling you in multiple directions. At a time like this, it’s very difficult to be in a clear state where you can optimally plan for your loved one’s care.
By turning to 1776 Senior Care, you can rest easy knowing that through online care logs, phone calls from care managers and family meetings that are convenient with your schedule are all part of a relationship built around you and the care for your parent. If you find your parent is in a cycle of care that demands more than you can individually bear, the time for us to talk is now. Call 1776 Senior Care at 630.469.4515 and let’s discuss a transition plan back home from the hospital or skilled nursing facility that benefits everyone in your family.