for navigating the care of an aging loved one.
The importance of therapy services after a hospitalization.
A common misunderstanding amongst some patients and caregivers is that resting or lying in bed is best for recovery after a hospitalization. While rest is part of the equation, engaging and participating in therapy is vital in accelerating the recovery process and returning to a sense of independence.
Therapy services offered in a Skilled Nursing facility may consist of any combination of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. They are each unique disciplines trained in addressing a multitude of areas and needs.
Therapy isn’t always about strength building alone it is just as much about improving function and mobility. Therapy can be as simple as building confidence in activities such as getting in and out of bed safely and with the proper mechanics or learning how to conserve energy as you navigate daily activities such as dressing and grooming.
Caregivers, family members, and patients should embrace all of the therapy services offered during the recovery process to ensure a successful and timely transition home.
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The significance of an engaged and supported care provider cannot be understated. Leaders and mentors in the healthcare industry must make it a priority to foster a culture of caring and awareness for all, but especially the direct care provider. It is important to ensure care providers are given a voice in the continuum of care, whether providing care in a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility, or in-home care delivery model.
The organizational culture in which care providers function under directly impacts the level of care of our loved ones. I believe strongly that our direct care providers are the backbone of the healthcare industry. They are often taking on a lot of the stress and emotion of the people they care for, so it is important to give them a voice or an outlet to discuss and express emotions. It is equally important to offer opportunities for feedback because their ideas/suggestions provide enhancements to care models which translate into improved experiences for our loved ones. If the organizational culture does not provide a platform for care providers to voice their ideas, concerns, or frustrations, the healthcare institution will miss great opportunities.
To learn more about fostering a culture of support and awareness in your healthcare organization contact Eldercareadvicenow.com for a private consultation.
*Direct Care providers are defined as nurses, therapists, certified nurse assistants, personal care assistants, and any other discipline involved in the care of aging adults.
Up-to-date health care records are an essential step to caretaking. We have created a simple tool to help ease the coordination of care and provide continuity. The information found on the checklist is essential to ensure our loved one’s information is readily available as health care needs arise. This simplified tool can be used by all parties involved in making decisions about the care of a loved one.
The tool can be downloaded here: Vital Health Care Record (Checklist)
Toby De Luca is a healthcare executive with clinical, financial and operational management experience. Focused on maintaining high standards of care by forming a successful bridge between medical staff and administration. Proven leader in creating efficient processes to meet regulatory requirements, operational goals, and improving the patient experience.