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Avoid hospital discharge nightmares: Six tips to help you get ready!

Updated: Dec 17, 2023



Bringing an older loved one home after a hospital stay is a significant moment filled with great relief - but when the discharge happens earlier than expected it can also be filled with challenges. To help families navigate this transition more smoothly, we've compiled practical tips to ease the stress and ensure a comfortable homecoming.


Practical Tips for a Smooth Transition:


Tip #1 - Create a Comfortable Space:


  • Download a free risk assessment template to give you an idea of things to consider - if in doubt, call us and we'll do one for free.

  • Prepare a cosy and accessible space at home, ensuring that it meets the specific needs of your loved one.

  • Make necessary adjustments, such as installing handrails or rearranging furniture to accommodate mobility aids.


Tip #2 - Organize Medication Management:


  • Set up a medication management system, such as a pill organizer or a medication schedule, to ensure timely and accurate doses.

  • Keep a list of medications, dosages, and any special instructions handy for quick reference.


Tip #3 - Establish Open Communication:


  • Foster open communication with your loved one about their feelings, concerns, and preferences.

  • Encourage them to express any worries they might have and involve them in decisions regarding their care.


Tip #4 - Coordinate with Healthcare Providers:


  • Maintain regular communication with healthcare providers to stay informed about the post-discharge care plan. Book a home visit if you have any concerns.

  • Schedule follow-up appointments and clarify any uncertainties about medications or aftercare instructions.

  • If you live in West Kent, you can get funded (not means tested) post-discharge care with Involve Kent!


Tip #5 - Build a Support Network:


  • Rally family members, friends, or neighbours to create a support network.

  • Share responsibilities and create a schedule to ensure that your loved one receives the necessary care and companionship.


Tip #6 - Prepare for Daily Routines:


  • Plan and organize daily routines, including meals, hygiene, and leisure activities.

  • Ensure that there is a balance between rest and activity, taking into account your loved one's energy levels and preferences.


Conclusion:


Transitioning a loved one from the hospital to home is a collective effort that requires careful planning and consideration. By implementing these practical tips, families can create a supportive environment that promotes comfort, independence, and overall well-being during this important time.


Remember, Amora Care can support you throughout the entire process. We can assess your loved one at the hospital, and help with risk assessment, transportation, personal care and medication at home. Give us a call on 01892336842 or book a free assessment here.

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