"I got to a point where I didn't like driving or running errands by myself. Now, thanks to my CAREGiver Susan, I don't put off getting the things I need and I actually enjoy getting out."
- Ruth, Natick
Whether this is a planned event or due to an emergency, when an elder loved one or disabled person is entering a hospital or nursing facility, it is never an easy time. Especially in times of emergency, it is hard to think clearly and organize your home care needs to accommodate the events that follow.
Most often, the condition of your loved one will improve to the point where they can return home for further recovery. However, the transition from facility back to the home environment is not always easy. There is a great deal that can be done in advance to simplify the process - but planning is key and the time to start planning is upon admission.
The following guide is a useful tool for any caregiver who is helping an elderly loved one return home from a medical or rehab facility. The Guide was written by a Massachusetts Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner in conjunction with discharge planners, nurses, social workers, case managers and professionals at several ASAP’s (Aging Services Access Points).
The most frequent comment from these senior care professionals was that families, for the most part, were generally unprepared for discharge. Families needed information and guidance. Learn the questions to ask in a discharge meeting, planning steps to bring your senior loved one home as well as additional information on available senior home resources.