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Creating a Safe Transition Home from the Hospital

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

A loved one is being released from a hospital’s care, and you want to be sure the transition from this facility to the home is as smooth and stress free as possible. There are a number of ways to accomplish this and ensure a positive outcome. Here are a few suggestions from a leading senior care agency in Milwaukee.

Explain the Process

Before heading homeward, be sure to let the individual know what to expect on arrival. If personal items have been moved, sleeping quarters changed, or an hourly or live-in caregiver hired, this should not be a surprise upon arrival at the home. Prepare your senior loved one by calmly and gently explaining the changes and why they were necessary to provide the best care possible.

Provide Safe and Smooth Transportation

When leaving the facility, be sure to have a comfortable vehicle to transport the individual. If not available, it may be costly but helpful to have the senior brought home by ambulance, especially if he or she is bedridden.

Rent or Purchase Proper Equipment

Upon arrival at your loved one’s residence, the proper equipment and supplies should be in place. This may include a walker, wheelchair, hospital bed, and a ground floor sleeping area. Restrooms should be outfitted with grab bars and other paraphernalia so your loved one can safely bathe and attend to basic needs without too much assistance.

Have Comfort Items Readily Available

Familiar blankets and coverlets, family photos, and even pets will provide extra comfort and care upon arrival at home. Even having a friend or two available to welcome the individual home will make them more relaxed and calm. Do not have a welcome home party, however, as this may be too much of a strain and too tiring.

You want the best for your loved one, and following the above suggestions and tips will help make this transition much easier. You might also consider hiring help from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can be present at the hospital and help with a wide range of tasks to foster a safe and efficient recovery at home. To learn more about our care services, including dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Milwaukee, please give us a call at (414) 964-8000 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager today.