Rehabilitation Center | The Importance of Proper Discharge Planning for Home Care Assistance
Discharge before bed
Discharge during daytime hours
It is always a good idea to discharge during daytime hours, mainly if the homeowner is accustomed to uninterrupted sleep. Releasing during these times usually results in less disruption for the homeowner, but it can be disruptive for you as an assistant. Try to schedule discharges when there will be a minimal interruption for the homeowners. This way, everyone involved can get their needs met without conflicts or problems. Some care transition programs allow assistants to stay with the residents for a designated length of time after their discharge to help them adjust back into their homes. This way, you will have less interruption in your day-to-day life and can focus on other duties without feeling burdened.
When scheduling care transitions, it is essential to keep the needs of both parties in mind. Try to avoid conflict with the homeowners’ routines or plans, and make sure that you are aware of any special provisions that need to be made so that they can continue living comfortably in their homes despite the transition.
Discuss your needs and expectations
When hiring a caregiver, you must understand what kind of assistance you need. Do you need someone to cook and care for your children? Or do you need someone to help with regular tasks like bathing or dressing? Ensure the care person understands your needs and is prepared to meet them.
This person must understand your goals and expectations before agreeing to become involved in your long-term care plan. Make sure they know everything from where they would live while taking care of you (if necessary) down to the smallest detail! Together, we can ensure that everyone involved with your long-term care is prepared for whatever may come ne necessary. Additionally, make sure the caregiver knows about your medical history and medications so that they are aware of any possible interactions. Finally, discuss payment arrangements in advance so there are no surprises later.
It allows for continuity of care.
If a loved one requires regular home health or hospice services, they must stay as close to their original residence as possible. This way, caregivers can continue providing round-the-clock support without relocating frequently.
This is why many care providers recommend keeping the patient within a reasonable travel distance of their previous home. If the patient is unable to live in their own home due to physical limitations or advanced dementia, then staying nearby makes sense from both a practical and emotional standpoint. Not only will this reduce disruptions for family members who need stability during this difficult time, but it will also save on costs associated with temporary living arrangements and travel expenses.
It reduces risks and eliminates confusion for both the caregiver and the client.
Make arrangements for alternate caregivers/support systems if necessary.