Transitioning From Hospital to In-Home Care, Made Easy

When you have a loved one that is ready to return home after a stay in the hospital, it’s important to get the right services in place. With Fairfield Family Care in Connecticut, we are ready to help your loved one return home and get the services they need ready to go. Whether an in-home safety assessment needs to be done, or care providers need to be scheduled, preparation is important to a successful transition back home. If your loved one needs Parkinsons care or dementia care in Stamford, Greenwich, or the surrounding area, we can help.

Getting the Right Providers in Place

If the individual being served has recently had a stroke, for example, you need to ensure that physical therapy, occupational therapy and personal care services are in place before the person returns home. When a new disabling event occurs, this can be very stressful for the individual. While returning home is the goal of the person, returning home safely is our goal for every person we help. We offer monitoring services for people who need simple reminders to take medication or need to be checked on periodically. We also offer in-home care as well as transportation to appointments and other activities throughout Stamford and Greenwich. We start with an initial assessment to see what services the individual qualifies for.

Preparing Your Loved One for Care at Home

Having providers the home may be new for your loved one. If a recent illness or injury has left your loved one in need of help, it’s important to remember that they were recently independent. Be mindful that your loved one is going to need to make changes in their lifestyle, and offer support without being too bossy. Let your loved one know that the care is available to help them remain at home safely. Without care in the home, it may not be possible to return home in the first place.

Make Space in the Home to Provide Care

To make it easier for your loved one to return home from the hospital, take a good look at the surroundings. If your loved one is now dependent on a walker or wheelchair, remove any throw rugs that are in the way. Look for ways to reduce clutter, especially in tight spaces. Be prepared by having the equipment a care provider will need to take of your loved one. This can be as simple as stocking up on disposable gloves and making sure there are enough towels in the home. Walk around the home and make sure that the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen are all easy to access.

Talk Plans Over With Your Loved One

Leaving the hospital and transitioning home with a new disability is hard on a loved one. While you may want to plan everything on your own, keep your loved one in the loop. This is their home, and they will be getting the care, so make sure they have plenty of input along the way. If you do not feel a loved one is ready to return home after a hospital stay, this is a discussion to have with the hospital social worker.

As you negotiate with care providers and your loved one, try your best to keep plans simple. Too many changes at once will overwhelm your loved one. If you have questions about various types of care, you can talk over your questions with Fairfield Family Care. We understand that you are feeling stressed, and this is why we provide an in-home assessment. We have the skills and experience necessary to identify the services your loved one will need, while being able to provide many of these services at the same time.

Returning home after a stay in the hospital doesn’t have to be a stressful experience when you know how to get the help you need.

Whether you need dementia care, personal care services, or nursing help after a stroke, we are ready to set up services for you. When you get out of the hospital, you will have providers in place so that your loved one gets continuous care. When the goal is to return home safely, we can help.

If you or a loved one is transitioning back home from the hospital and needs Alzheimer’s care, or dementia care in Stamford or Greenwich and the surrounding towns, it’s time to call Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477 to see how we can support this transition.

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