Most patients happily anticipate the minute they will be released from a hospital stay. But the transition can also provoke anxiety and uncertainty — especially for people who are frail or older, who may feel overwhelmed and insecure when on their own.
Even for those who have not been hospitalized but have signs of failing health, the transition from thinking of home as a haven to hosting a team of caregivers there can also be daunting.
Fortunately, there are many resources to help, both with arranging ongoing care and making necessary mental and physical adjustments.
A clear written plan of care can help assure physical and personal needs are addressed, and that care is coordinated and dependable.
Take steps to preserve privacy as caregivers come and go from the patient’s home.
Consider a number of ways to ensure a residence is free from hazards and supports care at home.