Transitional care includes a broad range of services and environments that are designed to provide seniors with safe and timely passage between different care settings. Access to high-quality transitional services is especially critical for seniors who have multiple chronic conditions and complex therapeutic regimens, as well as for family members of these seniors.
Here at Advancare, we provide home care services for seniors, all of which could be classified as transitional care if the senior has just been removed from a hospital setting. Here is an overview of different types of transitional services.
Transitional Care Definition
If you’re asking the question, what is transitional care for seniors in Miami, the American Geriatrics Society has an answer. It is a set of actions designed to ensure the coordination and continuity of health care as patients transfer between different locations or different levels of care within the same location. Locations include hospitals, sub-acute, and post-acute nursing facilities, the patient’s home, primary and specialty care offices, and long-term care facilities. Transitional care is based on a comprehensive plan of care and the availability of health care practitioners who are well-trained in chronic care and have current information about the patient’s goals, preferences, and clinical status.
Put broadly, transitional care can be divided into two different categories, between entities of health care systems and transitions over time.
Transitions between health care entities can include from physician to nurse, between patient care teams, across health care settings, and between health care organizations. On the other hand, transitions over time include changes that occur throughout one’s lifespan and changes that occur across the trajectory of illness, and changing levels of coordination needed.
How to Find Support When Transitioning From Rehab or Hospital
If you’re wondering how to find support when transitioning from rehab or hospital, it is important to keep the needs of the senior at the forefront. Frequent transitions within a hospital, such as from the ED to an ICU in a hospital, or from a nursing home to a senior’s home, can have negative effects on the health of seniors and the well-being of family caregivers.
Many health care settings will have transitional care units designed to address the issues that come with transitional care. Another option is to hire a greater Miami-Dade area company that handles in-home senior care. It can be difficult for a senior to transition from a health care setting such as a hospital back to their home. They sometimes have physical conditions that prevent them from completing everyday tasks, and family members can be too busy to visit their home every day. Companies like Advancare hire compassionate caregivers who complete in-home senior tasks such as bathing and grooming, assistance with bill paying, running errands, and meal planning and preparation.
Greater Miami-Dade Area Transitional Care Assistance
At Advancare, we are committed to providing compassionate in-home senior care for clients in the greater Miami-Dade area. Transitional care is one of our specialties, so if you want to learn more about how we can help, contact us at 305-441-9794.