- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 14 July 2015
Care Transitions are the “in between” of getting from one setting to another, for example going from a hospital stay or a nursing rehabilitation stay to home. When any of us or a family member is making these transitions, going home is the most important thing on our minds. Successful care transitions help you get home and remain stable by empowering you to take charge and control of your health care and minimizing rehospitalization for your present conditions.
Important things to consider during care transitions
- Medications are filled/refilled appropriately;
- You understand what medications to take when and why medication is needed;
- You understand your health conditions and you have the all the information you need and/or know what questions to ask when you follow up with your doctors;
- You have scheduled all your follow-up medical appointments and have the means, i.e. transportation, to access these appointments;
- You know when/what changes in your physical condition require action(s) up to and including contacting your doctor(s);
- You know how to access on-going support or services that are available to you, and you know your options for current/future care;
- You are aware of available support for your caregiver(s).
How we can help you return home
LifePath offers many services in the home and community that facilitate helping you when you are at home and returning there, including:
- Information and Caregiver Resources
- Care in the home (various programs and services)
- Options Counseling
Our staff members work with your health care providers to bridge the transition back to home and set up services or adjust what you had in place. There are many details to think about and take care of when changing settings assuming that a health issue may require some adjustments in your home, care routine or care providers. Communication is a key to making it all work.
Let us help you and your loved one. Contact the Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath anytime at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or via email with your questions.