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The good news: Your parent is coming home from the hospital. The not-so-good news: Your parent will need help at home—and a lot of it. Between the excitement and relief, you may well be worrying about how this is going to all work out.
Thankfully, help is available to make this transition as smooth as possible. When a doctor orders home health care services, a discharge planner will often assist in coordinating the move from hospital to home. This planner typically works with the home health care agency and will evaluate your parent’s needs so that you can obtain the right services and supplies.
1. What kind of care does my parent need?
2. What do I, as caregiver, need to be trained or shown how to do?
3. What sort of follow-up care is necessary? If I need help getting my parent to and from appointments, is there assistance with transportation?
4. Does my parent’s illness or condition affect motor or cognitive skills? Is a physical therapist or other clinician available to identify home safety hazards specific to my parent’s needs and environment?
5. Does my parent’s illness or condition have financial or legal ramifications? Home health care agencies often have medical social workers on staff who can help you to determine whether your parent is now eligible for benefits or entitlements. This is an excellent opportunity to review your parent’s will, power of attorney and health care proxy, as well as to determine whether he or she needs help paying bills.
As you develop a plan of care for your parent, remember to communicate with family members. Even though you may be the primary caregiver, keep siblings and your parents in the loop to avoid issues down the road.
For more information about discharge planning and bringing a loved one home from the hospital, download Your Discharge Planning Checklist, a Medicare publication, at:http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/11376.pdf.
To find out how VNSNY can help you care for your family member, please call 1-800-675-0391.