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If caring for your loved one has become too demanding or if it is just unsafe to leave the senior home alone for a period of time, it may be time to consider a new living arrangement.

Most seniors think that where they live is an all or nothing affair: stay at home or be sent to a nursing home. But to the contrary, there are a whole host of services and housing options available today that can fit a wide range of needs and life styles—including remaining in the family home.


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Elderly woman prepares to measure her blood pressure at home

Tips on Selecting Home Medical Equipment

We'd all like to think that upon discharge from a hospital our senior loved one will be 100 percent better and ready to resume normal activity. But in most cases, more recovery time is usually needed. And in many instances, it might require the purchase of medical equipment for use while your loved one finishes his or her recuperation at home.

Guidelines for a safe home transfer

Guidelines for a Safe Home Transfer

Bringing your senior loved one home from the hospital or other medical facility requires a number of safety considerations. From the moment they leave their hospital room to the time they get settled in back home, it is imperative that you plan ahead to make sure the transition from hospital to home is free of dangers and as comfortable as possible.

Home Instead Senior CAREGiver helping a senior lady with her medications.

Managing New Medications

When your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, she or he is likely to come home with several new medications. Making sure that these new medications are taken correctly and don't create any adverse effects with existing medications is vital to ensuring your loved one's recovery.

Caregiver helps her senior loved one manage a follow-up doctor's appointment.

How to Help Manage a Senior's Follow Up Appointments

Before your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, he or she will likely receive a list of scheduled and/or recommended follow-up medical appointments. In order to keep his or her recovery on track, it's imperative that you help make sure your senior gets to each and every appointment.

Blueberries, peaches, apples.

Recommended Foods that Aid Senior Recovery

We all know that getting proper nutrition and staying hydrated are the keys to leading a healthy life. But what if you have a senior loved one who recently returned home from the hospital and is not well? Are there certain foods that can help speed recovery and help him or her feel better sooner?

Returning Home helpful tools

Discharge & Care Planning Resources and Tools

The following links will direct you to a number of articles, videos and specialized web materials to help you navigate your senior loved one’s return home from the hospital and help prevent any issues that might result in readmission.

Returning Home - Maintaining proper nutrition

Information & Guidance on Maintaining Proper Nutrition for Seniors

The following resources can help you find the best nutrition solutions to help keep your senior loved one on the path to good health.

Returning Home communication resources

Resources for Effective Family Communication Around Care

The following links will take you to a number of resources that outline various communications scenarios that can help you and your family come together to provide and/or get the care that your senior loved one needs.

Returning Home Resources

Resources for Family Caregivers Providing Transitional Care

The following links will take you to many resources to help you, the family caregiver, plan for your senior loved one's return home from the hospital.

Returning Home - Conditions

Information on Chronic Conditions that Contribute to Readmissions

Monitoring care once the senior has returned home by documenting progress and warning signs will help limit the risk of readmission. This section includes information on each condition and practical guidance relating to post-discharge care.

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