Transitional care for seniors refers to the period of transition from home, hospital, or senior living communities. While not permanent, transitional care still requires research and due diligence to ensure your loved one continues to receive the level of care they need, in settings they are comfortable with. Knowing what to look for and how to handle transitional care options will help your family make the right choice.
Who Can Benefit From Transitional Care
Transitional care can benefit those individuals who need a little extra assistance as they heal or continue rehabilitation after surgery or illness, or those who are transitioning from their homes permanently to senior living. Those who need to regain strength and independence but are not ready for a permanent move to senior living can benefit from transitional care. At Walker Methodist, our rehabilitation and therapy departments are centrally located to transitional care suites so staff can maintain close proximity to each resident in a convenient and motivating atmosphere. Our residents enjoy the comforts of home with privacy with the added benefit of connectivity to any social or support networks they may desire during their period of transitional care.
When your loved one is faced with an illness or surgery, it can be overwhelming for both of you to consider the road to recovery, especially if you or other family aren’t located close to the recuperating individual. Trying to establish the care plan, facilitating transportation for follow-up medical visits, and ensuring all medication and post-treatment plans are followed closely can be a major undertaking. Choosing transitional care to manage all of that - plus granting both you and your loved one peace of mind, can alleviate all of that stress and worry.
Choosing the Right Transitional Care Program
There are a number of things to consider prior to agreeing to transitional care for your loved one. The average length of stay for individuals in transitional care is 25 – 30 days. Knowing this, you’ll want to ensure the community or care program you and your loved one choose has all the amenities plus specific clinical requirements required for a full, safe regain of health and independence.
When you meet with a community, be prepared with a list of questions or concerns you may have. Keep in mind each individual is different, and the specifics required by you and your family should be properly addressed by the transitional care staff, including:
- Medication management – including prescribed medications plus pain medication as directed by providers post-surgery.
- Nutrition – are meals prepared by staff or will your loved one have to manage this aspect of their daily care routine?
- Mobility – what are the options for recovery if movement has been temporarily compromised due to illness or injury?
- Therapy – including physical, occupational, speech, and memory care.
- Social interaction – does transitional care offer the same kind of socialization and inclusion in community events should you loved one desire it?
Transitional Care at Walker Methodist
Walker Methodist is comprised of 10 different senior living campuses across the Twin Cities metro and offers differing levels of care and amenities sure to suite the needs of aging adults everywhere. Two of our specific communities offer transitional care programs: Health Center in Minneapolis and Westwood Ridge in West St. Paul. Both of these offer a wide-range of care for transitional residents, working cohesively with families and health care providers to ensure a full recovery. Restored independence is the goal to be met, each and every time. If you or your loved one is considering transitional care, meet with us here at Walker Methodist, and we’ll help you through the process.