Post-Acute Care After a Hospital Visit and Keeping Loved Ones Safe
From forming a discharge plan, to transitioning to post-acute care during a pandemic, an assisted living community with in-house rehabilitation can provide the best experience for your loved one, while also keeping them safe.
After a fall, stroke, or other related injury, the road to recovery for a senior loved one is often a long one. It’s normal to be nervous about what will happen when they leave the hospital, especially during a worldwide pandemic when you want to do all you can to keep them safe.
Rehabilitation doesn’t have to be a difficult journey. With proper care providers and safety protocols, post-acute care becomes a support system that helps loved ones regain their quality of life.
The Importance of Discharge Planning
Discharge planning involves deciding what your loved one needs for a smooth transition from one level of care to another. The best plan is built with recommendations from all involved in the person’s care, and then authorized by their doctor. This should include professionals from the hospital, as well as those that will help with any post-acute care.
When deciding what to do next for your loved one after a hospital visit, you’ll want to consider the following as recommended by the Family Caregiver Alliance:
- An evaluation of the patient by a qualified professional
- A discussion with the patient or their personal representative
- A plan for their transfer to a home or a healthcare facility
- Determining whether caregiver training or other services and support is needed
- Referrals to an assisted living community and/or appropriate support and services
- Arranging for follow-up appointments or tests
With the concerns surrounding the coronavirus, you’ll also want to understand the safety protocol involved in your loved ones care, from their hospital room, to their transportation, to their new location for post-acute care.
Managing the Care Transition During a Pandemic
Although you may have concerns about your loved one being exposed to new people or places during the COVID-19 pandemic, this shouldn’t keep you from finding the best treatment for them.
It may seem safer to care for a loved one at home after they leave the hospital, but it may not actually be what’s best for their overall health, or yours. Having access to around-the-clock care from trained healthcare professionals at an assisted living community may help your loved one heal properly and regain their independence as much as possible, and as quickly as possible.
To ensure your loved ones receive the care they need, while preventing their exposure to the coronavirus, The Kensington White Plains works continually to sustain a COVID-safe environment. We are complying with the latest recommendations and requirements issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local Department of Health. This means your loved one can heal from their hospital visit, in a safe and controlled environment.
Not only will your loved one receive the best health care, but they will also have access to socially-distanced and safe social activities, encouraging them to maintain their quality of life in all areas of their wellbeing.
During these ever-changing times, we are constantly transforming and evolving our activities. This includes virtual visits with family, friends, and volunteers, live music, and various events and activities that residents can even enjoy from the doorway of their rooms.
Rehabilitation at The Kensington
As a leading provider of post-acute care, we’re proud of our cutting-edge rehabilitative programs and remain dedicated to inspiring overall health and well-being through assisted living.
At The Kensington White Plains, HealthPRO Heritage provides state-licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists who are onsite full time. These professionals are selected based on their experience, knowledge, compassion, and manual techniques. They work in partnership with The Kensington’s own fitness, wellness and rehab programs to maintain the healing progress achieved in therapy.
HealthPRO’s multidisciplinary team can evaluate your loved one’s needs and develop a tailored program for them. They provide comprehensive services for people with disabilities, injuries, or pain. Using state-of-the-art equipment and personalized treatments, the goal is to maximize function, reduce pain, and increase mobility. The ultimate goal is therefore, independence – for a higher quality of life.
Compassion accompanies professionalism in our promise to love and care for your loved one as we do our own. If you have questions on how we can safely help to advance the wellbeing and recovery of your loved one, give us a call today.
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