Transitional care is designed to help people who are moving out of one type of care, usually something intensive like within a hospital, and help them get the medical support and attention that they need before they return to a less intensive type of care, or even back to their own homes. It is a type of care that has existed for decades, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, the way that transitional care is being utilized has changed.
For many, transitional care has been absolutely essential as they recover from the coronavirus. In these cases, transitional care has acted as a sort of quarantine, keeping those who are in recovery from the virus away from other people while they still receive the assistance that they need to continue in their recovery.
Transitional care has an important use beyond this. It is designed to help seniors leave the hospital and still get the medical attention that they need before they return to life as normal. Transitional care can be applied in a nursing home or at the senior’s residence. It all depends on what is available in your area and what your loved one’s needs might be.
One of the things that is often ignored when it comes to transitional care is the fact that it doesn’t necessarily need to be given in a separate location. Transitional care can come to you in the form of a home health or in-home caregiver. This type of care is much less invasive than transitional care given in a skilled nursing facility, yet it still offers all of the same supports that would be found in one of these locations. If transitional care is needed for you or a loved one, it’s important to know what options exist, along with the pros and the cons of each of those options. It may be exactly what is needed to recover faster, both physically and mentally.
Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that although transitional care may result in a senior going home, it doesn’t always mean that they will be ready to care for themselves as they once did. In these cases, in-home care can be a great way to get things as close to normal as possible. In-home care might need to last for a few weeks before they are fully recovered. In some cases, it might be necessary for the rest of their lives. It all depends on the specific situation that your loved one is facing. Either way, having a team on your side and working for you can help to make this chaotic time of life a little bit easier.
We’re here for you. Every family is different, and everyone deserves great care. What that looks like will vary based upon different circumstances and situations. But we can help figure those things out. Get in touch. We’ll set up a free consultation and help you sort through the various things that need to be addressed so that you can find the very best type of care for your family and your unique needs.