Post Acute Hospital Care | Your Involvement
When a loved one is transferred from acute care to post acute hospital care, your role in supporting them is still a helpful part of their recovery. There are many ways you can continue to stay involved in the post acute care of your loved one.
Participate in Care Planning
Residents in post acute care settings are cared for according to a care plan, which lays out specific guidelines for their care. Care planning includes their level of care, treatment goals, and other preferences and decisions. With the patient’s consent, you can stay involved in the post acute care of your loved one by attending care planning meetings and advocating for your loved one’s needs and preferences through the care planning process.
Frequent visits are a great way to stay involved in post acute care. By visiting as often as possible, you have the opportunity to witness first-hand the care your loved one is receiving as well as ask questions or express concerns. Most patients enjoy having familiar guests to keep them company and assist with certain functions such as meals or getting dressed.
Stay in Touch with the Physician
Keeping in touch with your friend or relative’s physician can ensure you are kept up-to-date on medication changes and are able to voice your questions, concerns, and ideas in a productive way. You can also help your loved one better understand their treatment plan. Again, this kind of support can only be offered if you have the patient’s consent.
Accompany Them to Activities
Scheduled activities are typically open to both residents and their visitors. You can stay involved in your loved one’s care by accompanying them to daily, weekly, or monthly activities, making introductions, and encouraging them to participate and socialize often.
Our caring staff at Santé are eager to help you learn more ways to stay involved in your loved one’s post acute hospital care. For more information, we encourage you to visit an Arizona Santé location.