Choosing the right post-acute care community for yourself or a loved one is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
For hospitals, the goal is to improve your outcome and reduce re-admissions. One of the key ways to accomplish this is to make sure to choose the best post-acute care community for your particular needs.
Hospitals will typically give you a list of post-acute care communities at discharge leaving it up to you to decide which place is best for your needs. Always know YOU are in control of your post-acute care and YOU make the decision where to get these critical services. Making the best decision where to get your post-acute care can mean the difference in going home sooner or being readmitted back to the hospital.
If your surgery is planned or elected, here are a few things you can do to prepare for your post-hospital rehabilitation before going to the hospital.
First, discuss with your doctor the type of services you or your loved one will need after surgery. Then look for communities within a 7 to 10-mile area of your home that offers the post-acute services you need. Look at the website. Check if they have an online video tour and testimonials from residents and family members who have received services at the community.
Second, schedule a tour of the community and ask questions about their experience in providing rehabilitation services which relate to your needs. How would they work with you? What types of rehabilitation services can you expect? How long has your staff been working for you?
Third, you will know what community is right for you so schedule your post-acute care with the community before going to the hospital. Post-acute care communities fill up quickly and may not be able to take you after your surgery unless you have an appointment. Take control of your post-acute care and be proactive in finding the right community for you!
For more than 40 years, the team of skilled, compassionate health professionals at South Coast Post Acute has provided patients with post-acute rehabilitative, memory and long-term care health services. Contact us today for seasoned, insightful advice on choosing the best post-acute care community for you.