We are thrilled to offer you some helpful tips and reminders as you prepare to return home or to welcome your loved one home! While each facility may have its unique procedures, there are universal guidelines that can make the transition smoother for everyone involved. We’ve gathered some invaluable insights to assist you in determining what steps to take and what to anticipate when your loved one returns home. We hope these suggestions will bring you peace of mind and help create a welcoming environment for you or your family member.

  • When you are discharged from a rehabilitation center or hospital, you might collaborate with various professionals to create a safe discharge plan for your return home. These experts may include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation specialists, or the discharge planning team.

  • The team at the hospital or rehabilitation center will suggest necessary services at home, such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Our affiliated Franciscan Home and Hospice Care can provide these services if you so choose. In addition, we offer hands-on care on an hourly to around-the-clock basis, light housekeeping, and companionship to support your custodial needs.

  • Ensuring a smooth transition back into your daily routine at home is essential, and we understand the significant role that home care plays in achieving this. We work together to make the process as seamless as possible, taking into account your unique preferences and needs. We value your input and strive to provide personalized care that aligns with your expectations.

  • Hospital or rehabilitation personnel can provide guidance on the necessary equipment that you may require at home, including but not limited to a wheelchair, walker, cane, hospital bed, grab bars and shower chair.

  • Asking a friend or family member to refresh linens, restock cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products is a beneficial idea.

  • It may be helpful to take a thorough look at your refrigerator and pantry. You could consider restocking them or making some adjustments to align with any new or healthier dietary choices for easy meal planning.

Get ready to declutter!
Prepare your home to be safe after a rehabilitation stay:

  • Remove any tripping hazards: Inspect the flooring and remove rugs or mats that could cause someone to trip.
  • Clear out cluttered spaces: Identify cluttered areas and remove any unnecessary items.
  • Organize storage areas: Closets, cabinets, and storage rooms should be organized so that items can be easily accessed without causing accidents.
  • Make sure furniture placement is safe: Furniture should be arranged in such a way as to provide clear pathways through the home without creating obstacles.
  • Check electrical cords and outlets: Exposed wires or damaged electrical cords should be replaced or repaired before returning home from rehab.
  • Ensure proper lighting throughout the house: Adequate lighting is important to avoid falls or accidents when navigating around the house.

Home Health Care vs. Home Care

Home Health Care

Ordered by a doctor

Reimbursed by Medicare

Visits usually last 30 – 60 minutes

Care is short-term, usually a few weeks

Services are provided by medical professionals: Nurses, home health aides, physical therapists, and occupational therapists

Designed to continue hospital rehabilitation at home

Home Care

Often called private duty or in-home care

Visits usually last 4 to 24 hours

Care providers help with activities of daily living: Dressing, bathing, transfers, toileting, driving, and light housekeeping

Services are paid directly by the individual

May be reimbursed by a long term care insurance or the VA

Services are ongoing – clients decide when to discontinue services