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Post-Hospital (Transitional) Care
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New Castle caregiver providing transitional care to senior at her homeBy providing uplifting care during recovery at home, our caregivers can ease your loved one’s transition after discharge from a hospital or time at a rehabilitation facility. After hospital care for the elderly is critical to both physical recovery and emotional wellbeing, especially for seniors who live in the comforts of home instead of a senior rehabilitation center. Comfort Keepers® provides a range of in-home senior care and custom care plans, including following hospital-provided discharge plans and rehab for the elderly after hospital stay, all in the comfort and privacy of home.

What is Transition Care, and What Are Its Benefits?

Accidental trauma can happen to anyone at any time. Healthcare professionals do their best to help you heal and get you out of the hospital quickly. Yet, one cannot consider themselves perfectly healthy as soon as they are out of the hospital. You still have to go through rehabilitation and build your health again. That transition period is quite challenging for many individuals, and they may require additional help to get through it. Transitional care programs can come in handy here.

Here’s what you need to know about transition care and its benefits.

What is transition care?

Transitional care refers to the additional care and support provided when you are out of a hospital and need time to recover completely from your injuries and illness. The recovery may take longer without proper transitional care, and there can also be improper healing, leading to long-term health problems.

What does transitional care involve?

A patient who has become accustomed to hospital life is encouraged and supported to return to their normal home routine through transitional care. Various therapies are provided during transitional care for a speedy recovery. They include:

  • Speech and swallow therapy: It is a part of neurological rehabilitation provided by specialists to help patients improve their speaking ability and neck muscles due to stroke or other neurological damage.
  • Rehabilitation: Physical rehabilitation is provided to people who need to improve their skeletal muscles, strength, and body integrity. It is essential for people who have suffered physical injuries in accidents.
  • Psychological Rehabilitation: There is often psychological trauma associated with accidents or major life events, which if left untreated and can cause problems later. Psychological Rehabilitation focuses on treating psychological problems such as PTSD to help individuals cope with the trauma and heal their minds.

What are the benefits of transition care for the patient?

There are several reasons transition care becomes essential for the patient. Some of them are:

  • Medical supervision and support: Transition care provides patients with medical supervision and care from nurses and rehab specialists to regain their strength.
  • Prevent unnecessary readmissions: If a patient does not receive proper aftercare, chances are high that their injuries will not heal properly. It often leads to readmissions and frequent accidents. Transition care focuses on proper healing to prevent such incidents.
  • Faster recovery: With the help of transition care, the recovery gap becomes smaller, and the patients heal considerably quicker than they would without transition care. Transition care focuses on a good diet, physical rehabilitation exercises, and other health-boosting techniques to ensure overall recovery.

Challenges of rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after an injury or illness can be a complicated process, especially for senior rehab. The time immediately following release from the hospital is a critical phase of recovery.

In addition to physical challenges, patients can experience depression or anxiety caused by social isolation and a change to their normal routine. And, due to the current health crisis, we understand that more people may be recovering at home following a hospitalization.

Trained in infectious disease control and senior care, our caregivers can help those in recovery stay safely in the comfort of home and reduce the risk of re-injury or hospital readmission by following discharge care plans.

We can also provide respite care or a short period of relief for family members and other primary caregivers. After a major surgery or hospital stay, it is common for family to temporarily move-in, or make arrangements to have their loved one move in with them. This compassionate change in routine can be stressful and overwhelming. Our trained caregivers can step in to allow primary caregivers to take a much-needed break and recharge.

Uplifting care during post-hospital recoveryCaregiver assisting senior with walker doing physical therapy

Comfort Keepers supports families by providing quality in-home care for seniors and other adults who need help at home during recovery after a hospital stay.

Our custom care plans are created to meet the needs of each unique individual we serve and can help ensure an easier recovery at home. We also support physician-prescribed exercise regimens, provide companionship and help families stay connected through technology.

At Comfort Keepers, we strive to elevate the human spirit through quality, compassionate, joyful care.

Care collaboration

Comfort Keepers often works cooperatively with home health agencies, physical therapists, and other health professionals to provide complementary services so seniors and other adults are provided a full spectrum of care that will help expedite the recovery process.

Comfort Keepers caregivers make our clients’ transitions from hospital to home as seamless, safe, and positive as possible. Our caregivers post-operative care services include:

  • Transportation - Comfort Keepers can provide transportation home from a hospital or facility, including scheduled follow up appointments and physical therapy sessions.
  • Medication Reminders - Caregivers will pick up prescriptions and other supplies, and we can remind clients to take their medication on time.
  • Encouragement - Recovery is hard work and Comfort Keepers is there to provide encouragement and support doctor-prescribed physical or speech therapy.
  • Companionship - It’s not unusual for clients recovering from surgery to experience melancholy or become frustrated. Comfort Keepers is there to provide companionship and engage in meaningful activities that the client enjoys.
  • Personal Care - Surgery and extended hospital stays often result in weakness and limited range of motion that cause difficulty grooming and bathing. Our caregivers can provide basic personal hygiene support to help get dressed and ready every day. This also includes light housekeeping to keep the home environment clean, tidy, and safe from any hazards.
  • Respite Care - When you or other primary caregivers need relief, our caregivers can step in and provide respite care. We will cover all responsibilities while you take a break and recharge.
  • Patient Monitoring and Communication - Comfort Keepers will provide follow-up communication with family members and a client’s Primary Care Physician to keep everyone updated on recovery status.

We actively work with our clients and their families to create a postoperative care strategy that fits everyone’s specific needs.

How Comfort Keepers Can Help

Comfort Keepers offers a diverse range of postoperative home care services for those just returning home after an extended stay in a hospital or rehabilitation facility.

We act as the support system your family needs during the decisive recovery period after hospital care. Dedicated and dependable, our caregivers are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Let Comfort Keepers help guide you through the after-surgery recovery process. Our home care expertise and compassion allow each client to focus on what's most important - feeling better. Contact Us to talk to us about how we can help you or your loved one.