Guidelines: Family Caregivers and Post-Discharge Issues
- What level of skilled nursing care or specialist rehabilitation services are required and for how long?
- Are these after care services covered by Medicare or other insurers and if so, for how long?
- Does your loved one need full-time/around the clock, daily or intermittent care?
- Will transportation be a factor for both inpatient and outpatient options? Consider issues such as the location of the center, length of travel time, parking, stairs and if traveling tends to cause your loved one to experience confusion or anxiety.
- Does the facility (outpatient or inpatient) have extended hours of operation, convenient visiting hours and are meals/snacks provided?
As the primary family caregiver there are also many personal factors for you to consider as well:
- How much time do you have to help out?
- Will you need to take time off from work?
- Do you have a back-up caregiver in the event of an emergency?
- Are you physically able to lift or move your family member?
- Can you handle additional tasks such as picking up medicine and taking care of your loved one’s home?
Once you have answered these questions your loved one’s medical providers and you can decide which post-discharge care option is best for your loved one. Knowing what options are available and weighing each against your loved one’s desires and needs can help you make a well-informed decision that will help to ensure a successful recovery.