Finding the Right Post-Hospital Care for Seniors


Posted by admin on June 20th, 2017 in Body | No Comments

Physiotherapist helping old senior woman on treadmill with handlesFor younger people, a trip to the hospital often results in a simple discharge, maybe a couple days of rest, and then continuing on with life as usual. But for seniors, the recovery process is often much longer. They may need physical therapy, nursing care and other services to fully recover. Without professional assistance, many seniors find their health worsens after a hospital visit.

The good news is, there are a few different options for post-hospital care. What kind of services you choose will depend on many factors, including price, availability and simple personal preference. Read on to learn about these different options.

Rehab Centers/Skilled Nursing Facilities

If your loved one will require around-the-clock care while they recover, a skilled nursing facility may be the best option. While this may sound like an expensive choice, Medicare often covers the first 100 days in treatment. However, there are stipulations to that coverage: the hospital stay must’ve lasted at least three days, and your loved one must begin treatment at an approved facility within 30 days.

Ideally, skilled nursing facilities are for patients that do need 24-hour care, but only for a relatively short period of time. If your loved one needs long-term care, the next two options may be better choices.

In-Home Care

There are two general types of in-home care: home health and home care. Home health is provided by medical professionals. They help perform a specific task, such as physical therapy. This care is usually covered by Medicare or insurance. Home care, on the other hand, is a service in which a nurse takes care of your loved one in a variety of capacities.

Depending on what your loved one needs, home care workers may perform simple tasks around the house, provide care for elders with dementia, or fill a host of other roles. In addition, there is also 24-hour in-home care available for seniors who may need more help.

Assisted Living Communities

If your loved one is currently living in an assisted living community, they may be able to recover from their hospital stay there. Many assisted living communities have the staff and equipment needed to help your loved one recover, all while in the comfort of the place they now call home. From physical therapy to assistance with meal preparation and bathing, these communities can make sure your loved one is fully taken care of.

At Dogwood Forest, our staff our highly trained and certified to assist with nearly any kind of recovery services your loved one may need after a hospital stay. We have state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy centers to help your loved one become strong again. In addition, we also offer dentistry, podiatry and massage therapy, as well as a myriad of other services.

If your loved one is recovering from a hospital stay, the Dogwood Forest assisted living communities in the Atlanta area are here to help. From short-term senior care to post-operative care to adult day care, we have the services you and your loved one need. Contact us today to learn more about the Dogwood Difference!