A Journey Towards Independence: Transitioning from Long-Term Care Facility to Home

In the modern healthcare landscape, there is a notable shift towards empowering patients and providing care in the comfort of their own homes. This is especially true when transitioning out of a long-term care (LTC) facility. The transition from a long-term care facility back to the familiar surroundings of home can be a significant milestone for both the patient and their caregiver. Let’s explore this journey, highlighting the challenges and celebrations that come with this transition.

The Decision

The decision to transition from a long-term care facility to home is often driven by the patient’s desire for more independence and familiarity. A recent survey indicated that 75% of patients expressed a strong preference for home-based care due to a desire to maintain autonomy. This critical decision is made in consultation with healthcare professionals, caregivers, and the patient themselves. The primary goal is to assess the patient’s physical abilities, medical requirements, and support networks necessary for a successful transition.

Planning and Preparation

 Planning is crucial when transitioning from a long-term care facility to home. The patient’s home needs to be assessed for any necessary modifications or equipment that may be required to ensure their safety and comfort. In a study published in the Journal of Gerontology, it was found that 80% of successful home transitions involved home modifications such as handrails, widened doorways, or the addition of assistive devices. Formalizing a care plan is equally important, involving the coordination of healthcare professionals, caregivers, and community resources. 

Emotional Challenges

While transitioning from a long-term care facility to home is filled with excitement, it can also bring about feelings of apprehension and anxiety. Patients may worry about the additional responsibilities placed on their caregivers, while caregivers may experience stress and a fear of lacking the necessary skills or knowledge. According to a report by the National Alliance for Caregiving, 60% of caregivers reported feelings of stress and anxiety during the transition period. Emotional support becomes a vital component during this period, with counseling or support groups offering valuable resources for both parties.

 

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Adaptation and Independent Living

Reestablishing a sense of independence at home requires patience and adaptation. Patients may need to relearn various daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, or meal preparation. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 90% of patients undergoing home-based care reported improved independence with the assistance of occupational therapists. Implementing a routine and engaging in exercises or hobbies can also aid in regaining strength, confidence, and a sense of purpose.

Ongoing Care and Support

The transition to home is not a one-time event but rather an ongoing process. Regular follow-ups with healthcare professionals are crucial to monitor the patient’s progress and make any necessary adjustments to the care plan. Caregivers should not hesitate to seek assistance from community resources, such as respite care services, support groups, or home nursing, to prevent caregiver burnout and ensure the patient’s needs are consistently met.

Enter CareFil Rx. CareFil Rx by Clarest Health makes the transition to home easy! This customized service handles prescription Medication Management, so the patient doesn’t have to. CareFil Rx provides a 30-day supply of medications in easy-to-use, tear-strip medication pouches, clearly marked with the date and the time to be taken. The 30-day supply of medication is then delivered to the patient. Managing multiple medications has never been easier. No more filling pillboxes. No more trips to the pharmacy. CareFil Rx eliminates the stress of coordinating with multiple providers and pharmacies.

Patients and caregivers will have the confidence of knowing that the right dose of medication is being taken at the right time. No more wondering. No more worries. A clinical pharmacist reviews and screens all medications, and then CareFil Rx works directly with healthcare providers, ensuring that prescriptions are up to date and that there are no dangerous drug interactions.

Make the Transition Home Smoother for Your Patients with Clarest Health

 50% of Americans do not take their medications as prescribed. It’s the top reason they are forced to transition into assisted living or long-term care facilities. Transitioning from a long-term care facility to home is a significant milestone in the journey towards independence. It brings with it numerous challenges and adjustments for both patients and caregivers. Through careful planning, support, and ongoing care, this transition can empower patients to regain control over their lives while building a supportive and nurturing environment at home. Clarest Health is proud to play a pivotal role in a patient’s journey by helping them manage multiple medications as needed, allowing them to live independently longer. Contact our team today to support your patients at home.  

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