If your aging parent or other beloved senior is facing discharge from a stay at a hospital, this can be daunting prospect for any caregiver. Will they be coming to your home or back to their own home? How will you provide the necessary level of care they will need? How will you make the time, especially if you work and have a family of your own? To whom can you turn for daily help as you attempt to figure it all out? This is where a care manager comes in handy. This professional can help with the transition and planning to ease the burden on your shoulders. They know the ins and outs of non-medical home care services that can assist you and your loved in settling into a routine.Good discharge planning helps patients make a smoother transition to the next step of their recovery. One in five patients who are discharged from the hospital and go home experience an adverse event within three weeks, mainly due to medication discrepancies, according to the Health Care Compliance Association. You need help. You need us.
As a caregiver, you likely have many questions about what to expect. Your care manager can help answer those questions, so compile a list to ask so you don’t forget. You may want to ask the following questions of your care manager:
•How long will the recovery last?
•What should I look for that could indicate a problem?
•Who should I call if I have questions or concerns once home?
•Can you review the discharge instructions with me?
•What should I know in regards to wound care or dressing changes?
•When should I make a follow-up appointment with my loved one’s physician?
•What is the medication schedule and dosages?
•What can my loved one do on their own and what do I need to help with?
•Should I leave them alone for any period of time?
•What kind of schedule can we come up with that allows me to work and care for my own family while also making time for my loved one?
•What do you offer as a home care service manager?
To this last point, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting with a care manager and what you are not. Thus, you will be aware of exactly
what will be taken care of so you can learn where to fill in the blanks. Make sure you know the difference between home health care and home care services. The former involves skilled services and medical attention, whereby professionals can administer medication, take vitals, and give medical treatments. The latter involves all non-medical services, such as light housekeeping, companionship, medication reminders and meal preparation.
Bridging the Gap
Having a care manager ease the transition from hospital to home can be invaluable. As a caregiver, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed with your new role. It’s intense, it’s scary, it’s all-encompassing. Having someone there to provide compassionate care and attention for your loved one can mean all the difference between panicking and easing into the change smoothly. Here are some main benefits to having a care manager be a part of this process:
Living with dignity: For many seniors, living at home and maintaining their independence is possible if they just have a little help. Home care can provide them with a certain sense of dignity that they simply wouldn’t have if they had to go to a nursing home.
Continuity of care: Continuity and a sense of routine can be a great source of comfort.
Family: Augmenting your presence with that of a care manager can be greatly appreciated by seniors. They know their family is still there to care for them, yet they get the companionship of a care manager who ensures they are well tended to in the off hours. This provides peace of mind on both ends: for the senior and the caregiver who may feel guilty leaving their parent to tend to their own lives.
Tranquility: As people age, they value peace and quiet. Being at home in a comforting environment with the care they need can put their mind at ease and give them a peaceful environment in which to recover.
Do you require the services of a care manager? We welcome you to get in touch with us today at 407-489-5502. We can provide you with valuable insight on how to determine options for care for a senior after hospital discharge.