What Is Transitional Care?
Transitional care refers to the care provided following hospitalization or a stay in a rehabilitation center. You might also hear it referred to as transitional care management or short-term care. Transitional care has a unique focus in that it is care delivered to optimize recovery and safe return to the home. Professionally delivered transitional care can also reduce undesirable outcomes like re-hospitalization, medication errors, and falls, and it may even reduce long-term healthcare costs by helping prevent the worsening of health conditions.
Why Is Transitional Care Important for Seniors?
For seniors, sticking to aftercare plans can be especially challenging. Whatever the reason for their stay, seniors may get discharged from the hospital with new medications, a new diet, or even a new piece of equipment, such as a walker or oxygen tank. This is a lot for anyone to adjust to, but seniors may live alone, experience cognitive impairments, or have existing frailties or conditions that make adjusting to their rehab plans even harder.
Do I Need Short-Term Care?
If your elderly loved one was recently discharged from the hospital, hiring professional short-term care can give you comfort and confidence that your loved one will be safer and more likely to recover. For instance, consider the following:
- Aftercare plans may add new prescriptions to a senior’s already complex medication schedule. Without help, seniors may accidentally miss or double doses, which could have serious health consequences or increase the likelihood of falling.
- If your loved one lives alone and far from family members, he may not have a way to get to follow-up medical appointments. As a result, he’s likely to miss these crucial appointments and his condition may deteriorate.
- Perhaps you or a sibling are available to help your mom, but aspects of her transitional care plan may feel personal or even embarrassing (such as help with showering or using the toilet), and she’d prefer to have a professional help her.
The BrightStar Care Approach to Transitional Care
BrightStar Care’s transitional home care services combine compassionate care with best-practice approaches followed by some of the nation’s most well-respected hospitals. Take an in-depth look at what we offer:
- Compassionate, Person-Centered Approach – At BrightStar Care, we treat each client as a person, not a condition. In our hiring process, we screen candidates for experience and compassion and have built a team of empathetic caregivers who are passionate about what they do. We match our caregivers to clients based on personality and preferences. Over time, our caregivers get to know clients and build deep, lasting relationships-some clients even say their caregiver is like a member of the family.
- Nurse Supervision on all Client Care Plans – To provide the best possible care, BrightStar Care requires supervision by a Registered Nurse (RN) on each client care plan. On a typical initial visit, one of our nurses will conduct a comprehensive health and wellness evaluation and risk assessment (including risk of falling) in the home. An RN will continue to visit on an ongoing basis to look for changes in specific conditions as well as overall health.
- Accreditation from The Joint Commission – Accreditation by The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit organization, is seen nationwide as a symbol of quality healthcare. BrightStar Care is proud to hold all its franchisees to this standard, which entails a rigorous on-site review by Joint Commission surveyors for patient safety and quality. As a result, we’ve earned The Joint Commission’s prestigious Enterprise Champion for Quality Award every year since its inception in 2013. BrightStar Care also incorporates The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals into all of its internal trainings, procedures, and policies. This ensures our teams meet and exceed all goals, including improving the safety of using medications.
How Much Does Transitional Care Cost?
You want to provide the best possible care for your loved one, but you also need to consider your financial position. Some types of short-term home care are not always covered by Medicare and may require partial out-of-pocket payment. For instance, whether it follows a procedure or hospitalization, your short-term home care may not be covered by Medicare if it’s 24-hours a day or not part of a doctor-prescribed plan of care, among other reasons. BrightStar Care can help you assess your needs, both in terms of level of care and finances. As you make your decision, remember that short-term care can improve quality of life and reduce your healthcare costs in the long run, as it can help prevent the worsening of medical conditions and delay the need for assisted living.
How to Talk to a Loved One About Short-Term Care
Even when in-home short-term care is the very best option for your family, having the initial conversation might trigger fears and difficult emotions. If you’re sitting down with your parent or other loved one to talk about seeking professional transitional care services, try the following:
- Take a compassionate approach. Any major life change can bring emotions with it. Approach the conversation gently and help ease your parent’s fears or insecurities.
- Reassure your loved one that you’re in this together. Tell your mom or dad that together you’ll find a caregiver that he or she is compatible with, and that you’re still very much a part of his or her life.
- Remember that this decision will help the whole family. Your parent will get the highest level of care, you will be able to focus on other commitments at work and home, and you may save on long-term healthcare costs.
Get Help from BrightStar Care
Call BrightStar Care today at 866-618-7827 to learn more about our transitional care services and find a location near you. You can also contact us online.