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Guide to Transitioning an Elderly Parent from Short-term Rehabilitation to Living in Your Home

by Claire Ward

As the child of an aging parent, one of the most difficult things you can go through is watching your mother or father struggle—especially if they've recently been admitted to a rehabilitation facility. Now that it is almost time to transition your parent from the rehabilitation center to your home, chances are you have several questions. Don't allow the stress of transitioning your parent from the facility to your home ruin this momentous occasion and instead, here are a few tips to help make this move a lot easier:

Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Prepare

As a caregiver, it is vital you don't wait until the last minute to begin preparing for this transition. Specifically, there are two areas you need to address. The first is whether or not your home is equipped to handle your parent's needs.

For example, if your parent suffered a stroke, WebMD recommends making several modifications to your home. Moving your parent to a first-floor bedroom, removing all the throw rugs in home and installing grab bars in the bathroom are just a few of the ways you can make your home safer for your parent.

Depending on your parent's needs you may also need to make room for a hospital bed, oxygen tank, rehabilitation equipment and extra storage.

Secondly, once you've made all the necessary modifications to your home, it is important to determine if you are financially capable of meeting your parent's needs. The best way to do this is to create a budget. Here are a few of the points to consider when determining what your parent will need and how you will pay for it:

  • How much money will it cost to make the necessary modifications to your home?
  • If your parent is on a special diet, how much will the food cost?
  • How much of the equipment and medication will insurance cover? Can you create a payment plan to cover the remaining expenses?

This can be a confusing situation, which is why it is important to seek help. Ask the rehabilitation center's discharge planner and your parent's social worker for help. Depending on your parent's age, income and needs, they may be eligible for a number of community, state and national assistance programs.

Discuss What Will Be Expected of You as a Caregiver

Many times, children of elderly parents aren't sure what will be expected of them as a caregiver. It is important to speak with your parent's doctors to help determine if you can handle the responsibility of caring for your parent.

Discuss your concerns with your parent's doctor and ask them these questions to help determine just how much help your parent will need at home:

  • How much time will you need to devote to caring for your parent? Depending on your schedule, you may need to hire additional help, or seek help from a local charity or community-based service.
  • Will your parent need help eating, getting dressed or bathing?
  • What are some symptoms that your parent might exhibit that would require you to call the doctor or 9-1-1? For instance, if your parent complains of chest pains, should you call the doctor or call for an ambulance?
  • Are there any special tasks you will need to learn to help further your parent's recovery? For example, if there are special exercises that your parent needs to do at home, don't hesitate to ask a physical therapist or doctor to teach you how to help your parent perform these moves properly.

Helping your parent transition from a rehabilitation facility to your home can be stressful and you might feel overwhelmed. If you have any questions or concerns about your parent's needs, don't hesitate to contact your parent's healthcare team or short-term rehabilitation centers like The Village At Morrisons Cove.


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A few years ago, my father visited a dermatologist for the first time in his life. During this visit, he was diagnosed with several skin cancers. Thankfully, my dad’s dermatologist expertly removed these cancerous spots. If you’ve haven’t visited a dermatologist before, consider doing so sooner rather than later. Many forms of skin cancer are completely treatable if they’re detected early. Besides seeing a dermatologist, you should inspect your skin for any changes regularly. This is especially important if you have numerous moles on your body. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you protect your health. Enjoy!