A family discusses with a doctor how to make a transition from short-stay rehab to home

Steps to a Successful Senior Transition from Short-Stay Rehab to Home

Bethesda Health | March 14, 2019

How can you make sure your loved one makes a smooth and painless transition from a stay in a short-stay rehab community, once the loved one was discharged from the hospital to the comfort of their own home?

“Like anything else in life, the key to success is planning ahead,” says Erin Wuerz, a physical therapist and rehab manager with Kindred Healthcare. “Discharge planning should start upon admission, and it should be an ongoing dialogue between the family and the rehab team during the length of the stay.”

Talking About Your Loved One’s Transition From Short-Stay Rehab to Home

“Make sure you ask for a family care conference during the stay,” Erin says. “The social worker or case manager will coordinate team members to all come to the table and talk about your loved one’s progress in rehab, as well as the expected length of the rehab stay. The team can also speak about what services or equipment will be needed to safely go home.”

How Can You Be Sure You – and They – Are Ready to Transition?

Here are a few tips for caregivers who are bringing their loved ones home:

Be prepared for the fact that things might be different when your senior returns home. Their mobility may be decreased, either temporarily or permanently. It is important to be prepared to make some adjustments to the “new normal.”

Smooth the Transition by Anticipating These Adjustments

If you or a senior loved one is in need of Short-Stay Rehab, Bethesda could be the solution for you. Each of our six Skilled Nursing Communities located throughout the St. Louis area offers Short-Stay Rehab and Physical Therapy treatments for seniors who are recovering from an injury or surgery. Contact us to learn more about this program.

 

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