26 Jan Care Transition From Hospital To Home
Returning home from the hospital can be stressful for the older adult for many reasons. In most cases, the patient has been 100 percent dependent on hospital staff and the shift to life at home with less help can be cause for anxiety. While it is a relief to be going home, they may be afraid of how they will manage alone. The trauma of the illness coupled with the care transition can be frightening to both the patient and their loved ones. Their children might be afraid to let them suddenly fend for themselves and they may be too proud to admit to needing the additional help. Fortunately, hospitals do not discharge anyone without the discharge planning social worker ensuring that arrangements are made.
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