Care Mountain provides in home care to Arlington, TX and in home health care to Dallas, TX area families. It is from this 31+ years of experience the information provided in this article is drawn from. During this time Care Mountain has worked with most all the established nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Some of which included Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington, Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Fort Worth, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital, PAM Rehabilitation Hospital in Allen, Accel Rehabilitation Hospital of Plano, ICARE Rehabilitation Hospital, UT Southwestern Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, HealthSouth Plano Rehabilitation Hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Richardson and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of the Mid-Cities.
As good as many of these rehabilitation hospitals are, I have yet to meet a family that was not anxious about getting out and back home. One of the first challenges in preparing for home health care upon discharge will be in setting a start date and time. This can be a challenge because in about 50% of the cases we have dealt with the expected discharge date got moved, and often with less than a few days notice. In about 20 percent of the cases worked families were given two or less days notice of discharge, which poses an even bigger challenge.
With so much uncertainty often surrounding your discharge date and time, it is good to establish early on contact with a highly experienced in home care agency. A highly experienced home health care agency knows how to work with this uncertainty to ensure you have the home care services starting when needed.
If you are going to be discharged on a Friday, I strongly encourage you to make sure your medication orders/prescriptions are clearly understood. If not, you may have a very difficult time getting related answers over the weekend. And since questions on medications can not often wait a few days until the full time staff with the answers gets back on Monday, you may find yourself in a very unfortunate situation.
Two types of home health care are often needed upon discharge. Medical and non-medical home health care. Medical home health care will be through a doctors orders and is often covered under your private insurance or Medicare if you have it. This will often include the services in your home of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, Registered Nurse and/or Nursing Aide. These medical professionals will be in your home for a specific task to help you with and will leave in under two hours. If you are needing more help than this, then non-medical home health care is there for you too.
A State licensed non-medical home care agency such as Care Mountain will have caregivers at the nursing aide level that can assist as needed with dressing, bathing, showering, shaving, hair, nails, make-up, meals, medications, household chores, laundry, transportation, physical therapy exercises, monitoring vital signs and/or with companionship and general supervision. You can arrange for these services from 1 hour home care up to 24 hour in home care.
While you are completing your stay at your rehabilitation hospital, you should have a social worker or discharge planner assigned to your care to help you set up your post rehabilitation home health care needs. But, as we have seen over the years, those that are active participants versus passive recipients with their care will get the best results. Always stay involved and ask questions and not assume someone else has got your home health care all set up for you – because they likely don’t.
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