Coming out of hospital: planning home care before leaving                 

Written by Ranger Home Care
23 February 2024

Leaving the hospital after a stay due to surgery, illness or injury can be both a relief and a worry. You’re glad to be heading home, but the journey to full recovery is like stepping out of a protective bubble.

You’re leaving behind the safety of hospital to the unknown of home care.

So how do you make sure comfort meets care and your recovery continues seamlessly?

Let’s explore how to plan your homecoming with the best care possible.

Understanding home care needs

Care after leaving hospital isn’t just about changing where you are, it’s a big change in how you receive care. In the hospital, there’s always someone to help you, any time, day or night.

At home, things are different. You’ll need to take care of yourself more, with help from family, friends and maybe even home care professionals.

This means it’s really important to plan for home care before leaving the hospital. This way, you can make sure your home is ready and safe for your recovery.

What kind of help might you need?

Personal care

When people are recovering, they often need help with basic personal tasks such as bathing, dressing and grooming.

So before any decisions are made on home care, the individual should be assessed on how much help they are likely to need in this area. It can vary greatly, from full personal care to basic supervision with dressing.  

Medical care

Depending on the reason for your hospital stay, you may need medical care at home. This can range from wound care and administering medication to more complex needs like physical therapy.

The level of medical care someone needs will determine whether a home care assistant is suitable or if a home care nurse with medication experience is needed.

Nutritional support

Eating the right foods is key to getting better. It’s important to plan meals that are not only healthy but also fit the patient’s dietary needs and likes.

Having a variety of nutrient-rich foods can speed up recovery and making sure meals are enjoyable, encourages eating. This is very important when individuals have weak appetites during recovery.  

Mobility assistance

Getting around the house might be a challenge when patients come home from hospital.

They could need help with a wide range of mobility issues and their home might benefit from mobility aids and modifications. For example, grab rails, toilet safety frames or even ramps.  

Emotional and social support

Coming out of hospital and recovering at home can bring a whirlwind of emotions. Just as crucial as taking care of the body, it’s essential to support the mind by offering emotional support or arranging for professional counselling.

A holistic approach ensures the healing process addresses both physical and emotional well-being.

Tips for seamless transition to home care

Moving from the hospital back home is an important step towards getting better. To make this switch smooth and easy, there are some helpful tips to follow:

Start planning early

Start talking with your healthcare team about what you’ll need when you get home as soon as you can.

The sooner you start planning, the better and more personalised your home care plan will be. This also gives you time to think about any questions or concerns you might have, making sure nothing is overlooked.

Involve professionals

Live-in care agencies, like Ranger Home Care, are crucial for providing care for the elderly after leaving hospital. They can evaluate what you need, give professional care and make sure you’re not dealing with the transition by yourself.

Live-in care experts also have the know-how to foresee and deal with any problems early on, making the journey smoother.

Assessing your home environment

When it comes to care after leaving hospital, making sure your home is safe is the top priority. This might mean adding grab bars in the shower, making sure rugs won’t cause trips and rearranging furniture to clear pathways.

These adjustments can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and make moving around much easier and safer.

Set up a support system

Recovering involves both your body and your emotions. Support from loved ones or a professional carer can hugely impact how you feel and heal.

Having a supportive network not only provides practical help but also emotional encouragement, ensuring you never feel alone on your road to recovery.

Keep communication open

Always keep the lines of communication open with doctors, nurses and carers. Being honest about how you’re feeling or any changes in your condition helps them provide the best care.

It also ensures that everyone involved is on the same page, which is crucial for a smooth recovery.

Follow care plans

Pay attention to what your body is telling you and rest when you need to. Following the recovery plan your healthcare team has set out is important, even if you’re feeling better.

This is because it’s designed to ensure you heal properly, avoiding any setbacks by pushing too hard too soon.

Utilise Technology

Technology can be a huge help when managing home care, from virtual doctor visits to apps that help you track medication schedules.

These tools not only make it easier to stay on top of your health but also offer ways to streamline communication with your care team. This will make sure that you’re supported every step of the way.

Ranger Home Care: Your partner in recovery

Transitioning from hospital to home doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right preparation and support, you can focus on what truly matters—your recovery.

Ranger Home Care’s live-in carers are trained specifically in elderly care, ensuring they understand the particular needs of the individual they are caring for. They can assist with all aspects of daily life, from physical care to emotional support, allowing the individual to maintain as much independence and quality of life as possible through their recovery.

To explore these options and ensure the best possible care for your loved one, call 01252 850040 or email natalie@rangerhomecare.com today.

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