Caregiving Safety Tips for a Successful Hospital to Home Care Transition
Congratulations! Your discharge day from the hospital is finally here. You must be so excited. The leading question in your mind may be: what happens next?
Well, you have a couple of options. Let’s explore them together.
Assisted Living Pros and Cons
Your first option is to carry out your recovery at an assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility or a rehabilitation center. There are several benefits to this option. First, most of these facilities accept medicare which will cover your stay plus a few hours of rehab activity each day.
These facilities also have registered nurses on-site, so your health is being monitored closely while you recover.
You are staying in a place inhabited by other sick people, so you are more likely to be exposed to illness and infection than you would be alone at home. The staff is also assigned to several patients at once, so you may not receive the amount of attention you need.
Recovery at Home
If you are in need of a personal caregiver, the second option might be a better suit for you: recovering at home.
The benefits of recovering at home include comfort, familiarity, individualized attention and a treatment plan catered specifically to you. An individual caregiver will come to your home and provide you with the healthcare and rehabilitation services that you need. The care can range from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day, depending on your situation.
You may also consider recovering at home due to the comfort it provides. Knowing that you are surrounded by a living space you have known and a neighborhood you are familiar with can go a long way in aiding your recovery, as we respond best to treatment when we are comfortable with how we are receiving it.
Having said that, there are some disadvantages to recovering at home as well. For example, home health care is not commonly covered by medicare, so you would likely be paying for it out of pocket.
Call us today to discuss which hospital to home care option is best for you or your loved one! Our caregivers are available to support both options and can even be on the line when you consult with a doctor about how our on-site senior care services can best support their needs.