Transitioning Home Following a Hospital Stay

Patient with nurse at home
Coming home from a hospital stay is a huge relief, but it is vital to have care in place to ensure a speedy recovery.

There are a number of reasons that people need to spend time in the hospital – planned surgery, unexpected injury or illness, and more. Whatever the reason for the stay, returning home from the hospital can be a great relief and comfort. However, it’s also a time of important transition. Patients often have a number of new medications to take, therapy exercises to complete, and physician orders to be followed to help with the recovery process.

How to Ease the Transition Home After a Hospital Stay

A smooth transition from hospital to home can make all the difference in a patient’s ability to recover. Patients can take these important steps to get off on the right foot:

  • Start planning right away. The transition from hospital to home should start either before or at the beginning of a patient’s hospital stay. The patient or a loved one should ask to speak to a hospital discharge planner to learn about next steps and when and how the patient can expect to transition home after their stay.
  • Schedule care at home. When a patient is discharged, coming home to an empty house might seem like a welcome relief from the busy hospital, but it is important to have help in place. Reach out to a trusted home health care provider, like Patients First Home Care, to schedule needed at-home services, whether it’s:
    • Wound and surgical site care
    • Skilled nursing
    • Medication management
    • Meal prep for a specific diet
    • Transportation to and from medical appointments
    • Mobility and transferring assistance
    • Personal care, such as bathing, dressing, and hygiene
    • In-home speech, occupational, or physical therapy
    • Or any other home health care service required for the patient’s condition and recuperation at home
  • Patients should advocate for themselves or have a loved one there to advocate for them. If a patient feels unprepared for discharge or not ready to return home, this information should be shared with the discharge planner. Patients have a right to appeal their discharge if needed. Making certain that everything is in place at home for a successful recovery is one of the most important aspects of preparing to leave the hospital or surgical center.

The Goal of Home Health Care

The goal of home health care is to provide services needed to treat an injury or illness and to help patients recover successfully from surgery. A professional home health care team, like the one at Patients First Home Care, assists patients with:

  • Healing
  • Regaining independence
  • Getting back to being as self-sufficient as possible
  • Maintaining or improving their current condition
  • Preventing rehospitalization

Contact Patients First Home Care Today!

Our home health care services provide a wide-range of care options that allow Southwestern Floridians to get the assistance they need in order to stay safe and healthy during recovery. When a patient will be transitioning home from a hospital stay and needs reliable support, contact the Patients First Home Care office nearest you: Sarasota/Charlotte at 941-226-8484; Bradenton at 941-667-9103; Fort Myers 239-441-2610; Naples at 239-366-1620.