The Benefits of Home Care after Hospitalization or Rehabilitation

The time after a patient is discharged from a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay is a fragile time – especially for older patients. Every recovery is different, but for many, the management of daily responsibilities can present an overwhelming challenge – and in some cases may not be feasible at all. Even procedures that might seem straightforward can result in lengthy, cumbersome recuperation.

This is also a crucial time; how well patients are taken care of after hospitalization has a huge impact on how successful their recovery is in the long term. As such, it’s important to understand your options during this time, do the due diligence, and plan in advance for care after the hospital stay.

The Limitations of Insurance-Covered Home Health Care

When patients are discharged from the hospital or from rehab, they are provided with in-home health care – which is usually covered by Medicare or private insurance. Home health includes select services of nurses, occupational therapists, or physical therapists for a given period of time (usually the first part of the healing period). While this help is crucial for recovery, the services are limited, and there’s a common misconception about how much help is offered, the quality of care, and for how long care is provided.

For example, the provided home health aides will not typically take care of things like grocery shopping, meal preparation, escorts to and from medical appointments, grooming, dressing, and so on. This can come as an unpleasant surprise to patients and their families who may have been depending on these services to be managed.

Planning for Supplemental Home Care

When deciding what kind of help will be needed for the period of post hospital recovery, talk with the doctor to get a sense of what the recovery process will be like. Determine from the insurer what home care benefits will be included. Getting this information will help you decide the best care plan for you or your loved one.

One option that many patients and their families will elect to do is to supplement the home health with a specialized senior home care provider. Using this type of supplemental home care ensures a smooth transition from hospital to home, and it gives the peace of mind that there will not be any surprising gaps in provided care. A good home care provider can create a personalized care plan for whatever length of time is requested and can deliver a number of services that may not be covered by insurance, including:

  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Personal care and hygiene
  • Companionship

Because the time after the hospital or rehabilitation is such a vulnerable time for seniors, families often find that temporary home care is an excellent way to alleviate stress, provide some much needed assistance, and ensure the speediest recuperation possible. As individuals on the road to recovery know, a little extra help can go a long way.

About the Author

Charlie Nadler is a community education writer for Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services. CMSS is the most extensive senior services network on Chicago’s north side, providing services such as senior home care, a senior living community, and more.

  • Vivian Waters

    Seniors tend to like staying at home rather than in home cares. But, there is a certain point in time that they must go and stay there because of valid reasons just like after hospitalization. Home cares indeed help the elderly so much in such a way that they are given the chance to live a life with proper care and respect. This is absolutely a great experience for them away from home.

  • Nancy Jacob

    The care given to older patients after hospitalisation matters a lot since this is the crucial time where the recovery depends on the in
    home health care which is usually covered by insurance.and have nursing services for a period of time.but will not take care of other chores like grocery shopping,meals,dressing etc.
    For the post hospital recovery period,one option that many patients and their families will elect to do is to supplement the home health with a specialized senior home care provider which takes care all the
    house hold needs of the patient by making them stress free and peaceful.

    This blog talks about the options available for post hospitalisation recovery and this will help the family members of seniors to get a knowledge about this and to enquire and find the best place for their
    loved ones.

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