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From Hospital to Home: Post-Hospitalization Recovery
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26 January 2017
  Home Care Assistance Prescott | Partner Content

Specialized Post-Hospitalization Care Allows a Seamless Transition Back to Home

One of the top causes of hospital readmission or delayed recovery following a hospitalization is insufficient support or the lack of personalized care. If you or a loved one has recently been hospitalized or is scheduled for an upcoming surgery or procedure, you may find the experience of sorting post-hospitalization care to be challenging. 35% of seniors are readmitted to the hospital after only 90 days of being discharged, usually because they did not follow the instructions for medication and treatment or missed a follow up appointment.

Remember that recovery is a gradual process and can take anywhere from a few weeks to months.  There are 6 steps to a successful recovery:

  • DEPENDENCE: When you first arrive home, your primary goal should be to rest and recover. A caregiver can support your recovery by handling household tasks such as meal preparation, running errands and relieving unnecessary stress so that you can focus on recommended therapy activities, diet and relaxation. Don’t be concerned if you need more help than you expected.
  • MILD INDEPENDENCE: As you start to gain strength, identify tasks that you can now manage independently, such as eating or walking down the stairs, and slowly wean yourself off of care in those areas. Never compromise your safety; ask your caregiver to step in if you feel uncomfortable.
  • SUPERVISED INDEPENDENCE: As you continue gaining strength, your caregiver’s primary role will be supervision rather than direct physical assistance. Try to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) – bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking – independently.
  • SUPPORTED INDEPENDENCE: Once comfortable with ADLs, try incorporating chores or errands into your routine, such as a trip to the grocery store accompanied by your caregiver or preparing a meal together. Though they may seem small, these incremental steps are important milestones in your recovery.
  • SEMI-SUPPORTED INDEPENDENCE: Try taking a hold of day-to-day tasks and resume your pre-hospitalization routine. Although your caregiver is there to help, try not to take advantage of that assistance unless you really need it.
  • FULL INDEPENDENCE: When you feel that you can safely return to your regular activities without your caregiver’s support, you may consider reducing care. Remember that full independence is a long-term goal and should not be prioritized over safety. 

The days and weeks immediately after discharge from the hospital is a critical time for patients. With our specialized post-hospitalization care, a caregiver is present before discharge to ensure a smooth transition from the hospital to the home and to assist with a wide range of daily tasks. Assistance with activities of daily living allow individuals in recovery to focus on getting well and achieving their optimal quality of life.

At Home Care Assistance Prescott, we are committed to reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and making the transition back to home following a hospitalization as seamless as possible. Our specialized post-hospitalization care promotes a faster recovery period for our clients and provides peace of mind for their loved ones.

Our post hospital care services include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing a nutritious diet, physical exercise and social interaction
  • Completing household chores like cleaning, laundry and dishes
  • Creating a positive and supportive environment for recovery
  • Personal hygiene assistance with grooming, bathing and toileting
  • Assistance with walking and wheelchair and bed transfers
  • Personalized recovery plan tailored to the patient’s care needs
  • Support our clients in therapy exercises
  • Transportation for follow-up appointments
  • Provide a balanced diet and healthy meal preparation to promote total health

Home Care Assistance Prescott helps make the transition from hospital to home smooth for you or a loved one by offering the knowledge required to navigate the discharge process and post-hospitalization care with ease. We know that each client is unique. Our caregiver coordinates with our client, their family, physicians and pharmacists to create a personalized post-hospitalization care plan. Call 928-771-0105 to speak with a Care Manager today and experience a faster and more comfortable post hospital recovery for you or a loved one.