Transitional care refers to the management and implementation of a variety of services to help transfer a patient from one health care setting to another, or from a heath care setting to home. The careful transition from one location to another is especially important for older adults, particularly those with severe or chronic health conditions that need consistent monitoring.
Why Do People Need Transitional Care?
Let’s say your loved one had a major health event that put them in the hospital. This could be a fall, stroke, heart attack, or other medical emergency or surgery that requires intensive care. After their treatment in the hospital, they may not be ready to go back home. This is where transitional care comes in.
Transitional care facilities offer rehabilitative services and 24-hour nursing care staff to help get your loved one back on their feet outside of a hospital setting. Whether your loved one is returning to their home or will be going to an assisted or independent living facility, transitional care can make the process smoother and safer.
The Goals of Transitional Care
The goals of transitional care will depend entirely on the individual. Most people go a transitional care facility to recover from a health event before returning home. However, that recovery will vary from person to person. Some of the goals of transitional care can include, but are not limited to:
- Improvement of movement and function, such as learning to use mobility aids and bathroom safety products.
- Cognitive rehabilitation to help improve thinking, memory, planning, or other mental functions.
- Occupational therapy to help with daily activities like dressing and eating.
- Physical therapy to increase strength and mobility.
- Speech therapy to improve speech (like after a stroke), comprehension, swallowing, etc.
Transitional Care at Carespring
When you choose Carespring, you get an experienced team with a long record of success for high-quality care and getting you or your loved one healthy and back home. We have expertise in a large range of therapies, as well as an interdisciplinary approach to care and rehabilitation including physicians, therapists, nurses, dieticians, and social workers.
If your loved one needs additional care before going home after a medical event, contact Carespring! We have a variety of transitional care locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky. If you’re interested in learning more about our transitional care services, select a location below or contact us today and schedule a tour.