How To Prepare Your Loved One For Rehabilitation After Surgery
Posted By: Becky Davis - 2/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

There are many things to think about when you prepare your loved one to transition from the hospital to home. They may have suffered an injury or have a condition which will require rehabilitation therapy. If so, you need to know how you can help them through the rehab process. Here are some guidelines you can follow if your family member needs rehabilitation after surgery.

Transferring from the hospital to the rehabilitation facility

The case managers at the hospital and at the rehab facility will be your best contacts for a smooth transition. They are great at communicating with you and working out all the details with each other. They are good listeners and can navigate the move with care and expertise.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your loved one is to communicate with the staff at the rehab facility throughout your stay there. Regular visits by you and other family members enhance their progress and cheer their spirits. You can meet with some of the healthcare providers, nurses, and physicians on your visits as well. Many offer regular care plan meetings where family can get updated progress reports and work out the details of a good discharge plan.

Talk with their doctor or discharge planner about preparing any in-home care that is needed. Sometimes it’s an advantage for someone to help them at home during their rehabilitation after surgery. You will need a clear-cut plan for their care and the costs involved, and most importantly, a successful transition home.

Planning financially

Medicare costs are something you should research because unless there are extenuating circumstances, Medicare does not cover a long-term stay in a post-surgery rehab facility. You have three choices to consider if the patient's short-term Medicare approval expires. First, see if the doctor will examine them and help you with the application for an extension of benefits. Second, you have the option of paying out of pocket for the costs not covered. Finally, you can prepare for professional home care before the patient is discharged.

Developing a care plan

The team at the rehabilitation facility should meet with you shortly after your loved one is admitted to the program. An initial care plan meeting, especially if your loved one has a limited ability to communicate, is helpful for everyone. The purpose of this meeting and the creation of the plan is to answer your questions and help you determine expectations. You will also learn how you can help with the recovery process. Discharge planning may also be a part of this meeting so that you have a roadmap to guide your family member back to independence.

Going home and to outpatient rehabilitation

Your loved one may have some difficulty once they are able to return home. If they have a caregiver to help them at home, simply having an extra person may cause some stress. Make sure that there are no personality conflicts between your loved one and the caregiver. Work with them to determine any areas of risk, like rugs, transitions from room to room, and the access to bathrooms and kitchen. If possible, do this before your loved one returns home.

Make sure that you and other family members visit frequently so that your family member feels loved and that you are there for them. Finally, you should help them prepare for outpatient care at the rehabilitation center if it is prescribed. This can be easier on them than inpatient rehabilitation.

Know what your loved one can bring to post-surgery rehabilitation

When your family member is admitted to a rehab center, and before each outpatient appointment, make sure they have the following items.

  • Their identification or driver's license
  • Insurance cards
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing aids
  • A robe
  • Comfortable fitting clothes or pajamas
  • Socks
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Comfortable shoes with a non skid sole

To learn more about rehabilitation after surgery, please contact Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, Texas. We have many Amenities, events, volunteer opportunities, and the Bfit Gym. Contact us via email or give us a call at 806-350-2200 for more information. If you would like to visit us in person, our address is 6600 Killgore Dr. in Amarillo, Texas. We are ready to show you how we can help you and your family.

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