Tools & Resources

“What is your biggest challenge in discharging older adult patients?”

When the Home Instead Senior Care® network asked health care professionals this question in a recent survey, responses included:

  • SAFETY!!!!!!! Especially those who live alone
  • Finding them affordable custodial care to fill in the holes in the ADLs
  • Transportation, medication reconciliation
  • They do not understand their health care benefits and haven't planned for care as they age

To help you and your returning home patients conquer these and other transitional care challenges, we have compiled the following list of key issues and resources.

1. Discharge & Care Planning

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From tracking health to seeking the best caregiving provider to helping your patient with ADLs, these resources will help to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home.

2. Medication Reconciliation

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Worried about adverse reactions or your patient's ability to comply with new prescriptions? Visit these sites to gather tracking tools and learn about how patients can safely and wisely manage all of their medications.

3. Safety Considerations

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If mobility is an issue or your patient lives alone and may not be able to manage basic home safety and care, then access these resources to learn about simple steps to take to help ensure a safer return home.

4. Nutrition & Exercise

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New medications, lack of transportation, limited mobility and leftover discomfort from surgery can all lead a patient to not eat well and give up on exercise routines. These resources can help make sure your patients get proper diet and exercise during their recuperative process at home.

5. Care Coordination

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The many lists and sets of instructions following discharge can be overwhelming and confusing for many patients, which can lead to missed appointments that are vital to the recovery process. The websites in this section can give you the tools you need to make sure those follow-up appointments happen.

6. Communication

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Busy lives and distance can result in patients not having the support system they need to make a smooth and safe transition from hospital to home. Other times a patient doesn't want to hear or discuss difficult matters about health care planning. These carefully selected resources can help direct your patients and their families to productive conversations about caregiving assistance and life planning.

7. Advice for Family Caregivers

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Seeing a loved one suffer is among the most difficult situations that a person can face. Giving your patient's support network information about the patient's medical conditions, providing caregiving support and managing the stress of caregiving can also help your patient. Look here for materials that support and care for the caregiver.

8. Paying for Care

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Managing one's own finances and insurance matters can be difficult enough, but taking over a loved one's can exacerbate the strain. These resources can help your patient's support network manage their loved one's finances either individually or through qualified professionals.

9. Returning Home Program for Family Caregivers

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An online program including information and resources specifically for family caregivers dealing with transitional care. The content includes several videos, a downloadable Returning Home guide and other useful information to share with your patients' families.