Our goal is to assist in your recovery and supporting you in achieving your discharge goals. For our short-stay and rehabilitation patients, we will work with you to optimize your level of independence and pursue your individual goals.
Whether with us for 10 days or 6 months, preparing for home can be very exciting but also a little scary. You or your family member will now be in charge of your personal and medical care and we want to make sure your discharge to home is a success. That is why we provide our discharged patients with a comprehensive discharge packet including a discharge plan accompanied by patient education materials, medication regimens and other community resources that might be helpful as you transition.
Caring for a family member requires time and dedication. There is often so much to learn about physically caring for a loved one and the emotional adjustments related to changing family roles add an additional challenge.
Listed below are tips that can help caregivers to recognize the importance of taking time to care for themselves as well as their loved one.
Tips for Family Caregivers
- Caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with breaks often.
- Watch out for signs of depression, and do not delay in getting professional help when you need it.
- When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
- Educate yourself about your loved one's condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.
- There is a difference between caring and doing. Be open to ideas that promote your loved one's independence.
- Trust your instincts; most of the time they will lead in the right direction.
- Caregivers often do a lot of lifting, pushing, and pulling. Be good to your back.
- Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
Helpful Websites for Caregivers
National Family Caregivers Association – www.thefamilycaregiver.org - Provides education, support, empowerment for the more than 50 millionAmericans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness, disability or thefrailties of old age.
Family Caregiver Alliance – www.caregiver.org – Serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for family caregivers and others throughout the country.
Next Step in Care – www.nextstepincare.org - A campaign designed to change health care practice by routinely recognizing, training, and supporting family caregivers, especially at times of transitions in care.
National Family Caregiver Support Program - www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/Caregiver/ - Funds support that assists family and caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.
National Alzheimer's Association - www.alz.org - Offers resources for patients and caregivers, diagnosis and treatment, insurance coverage and care issues, and research and clinical trials all related to Alzheimer's disease.