Hooray, I’m going home
Your time at the rehabilitation center generally gets people “home ready” but perhaps not fully recuperated. You will most likely receive Nursing, Physical and Occupatinal Therapist visits through a Medicare Home Health agency, when you return to your residence. You may also wish to hire a caregiver for a short time to help with transportation, cooking, shopping, laundry and any personal care till you are fully back on your feet.
For the best outcome and avoiding preventable re-hospitalizations:
- Know how you are getting home, family or a service
- Review the Discharge Plan and make sure you understand it.
- Social Worker will discuss Medicare & Medical Equipment with you.
- Call in new prescriptions to your pharmacy, to be picked up or delivered home.
- Make an appointment with your primary doctor for your 1st week home.
- Review your new medications with the ones at home.
- Take all your medications with you to the doctor.
- If you live alone or are a primary caregiver, consider getting an medical alert pendant for emergencies.
- Review home for Fall Prevention Safety.
- Take it easy, you’ve been away a few weeks, let your body adjust.
- Follow your diet, exercise, medication plan, and therapy & doctor recommendations.
- Get on with your life, but if you need more help, just ask.
Sherry Picker, MSW