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Health and home services? Home care? The excitement of going home is immediately replaced with the anxiety of what kind of care will be needed at home. What kind of care is available and what are the differences between them?
By Larissa Pourron, RN
Discharge time at the hospital can be a very exciting but overwhelming time for clients and their families. On one hand, you are happy to be going home but on the other hand, you are nervous. Going home may cause thoughts of doubt. “Will I be able to stay home without help? What if my family thinks I can’t do this – Where will I go? Who will help me?” The excitement of going home is immediately replaced with anxiety.
During your time at the hospital you may hear, “She needs 24 hour care” or “He can go home with assistance and his medications.” This may add confusion to your feelings of excitement and anxiety. All these feelings combined with the important information and choices at discharge can make the client and family feel very overwhelmed. It can leave you wondering, “What’s the right choice for me or my loved one?”
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When you leave the hospital or go through a traumatic event, finding the right care for your loved one shouldn’t be a burden. While you or your loved one are in the hospital, stay in touch with the hospital case manager to know what the needs are going to be when you are headed home. I hear all too often, “they just told us mom was going to be discharge. We had no idea what she was going to need to come to a skilled nursing facility.”
Constant communication with the hospital or rehab staff will help to guide you in the direction that is best for you or your loved one.