How to offer support during a discharge from hospital to a care home facility
When a client or loved one is discharged after a stay in hospital, the focus is on making the transition to their care home as smooth as possible. Having the correct furniture in place is an integral part of the recovery process for patients with limited mobility, helping with both postural and pressure management.
Here are five things to consider if you are offering ongoing care and support for a patient during a discharge from hospital to care home.
1. Rest is integral, so ensure you are providing comfortable furniture with the necessary support
Whether your clients are at home, in hospital or in a care home, it is imperative that they have the right seating to meet their needs. This can be life changing to those living with an ongoing health condition or a disability. If an individual is seated incorrectly, the effects of poor posture can lead to aggravated physical and mental health conditions.
Whatever the condition, there is an extensive range of specialist seating to cater for semi and non-ambulant individuals, the frail and elderly and those with neurological, cardiovascular or orthopaedic conditions.
2. Have you arranged and installed any new furniture prior to their arrival?
For patients returning home the discharge process can be a stressful time. Our rental chairs can be delivered in as little as 48 hours, providing suitable equipment to remove the barrier to send individuals home. This saves space in hospitals and frees up much needed funds for the NHS.
As healthcare specialists, our primary aim throughout this transitional period is to ensure an individual’s comfort and care. Enabling an efficient and comfortable discharge from hospital, can help relieve stress for patients and pressure on hospital staff, social services and local authorities.
3. Is a rental service a better solution for your needs?
Care homes and acute hospitals often have to cater for a range of complex medical conditions. It’s not always feasible to offer tailored specialist seating solutions for each client on a permanent basis – that is where our cost-effective, flexible rental service comes in.
Our seating is available for rental by the day, which makes it simple to switch to a new model as soon as it is needed. Whatever the circumstances, we believe no individual should have to settle for a chair that doesn’t properly support them.
4. Have you built a custom care plan for the patient?
When your client is discharged to a care home, formulating a recovery or long term care plan is part of the process.
Working with a specialist discharge team such as Premier Healthcare, can work with you to create a custom care plan that is tailored to the individual. Our expert team will help you assess what your home or facility needs to offer long term support. Whether you already know the resident’s mobility needs, or if you’re not quite sure, we can offer a comprehensive assessment to establish the best solution.
5. Could you benefit from a comprehensive assessment carried out by health and social care experts?
Our seating experts can visit your facility, host a meeting at our HQ or even speak to you virtually to help you find the perfect fit for your clients. Taking into account your patient’s needs and the specifications of your facility, they will match you with a short term and long-term solution from just £10 per day. Learn more about our specialist seating assessments including what our experts offer and your options.
If your resident is leaving hospital and is ready to make the move to their care home, we want to do all we can to help make it a comfortable transition. For a bespoke rental plan, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team who are more than happy to help. Call us today on 0345 521 1819 or email email@example.com.