Change is usually a difficult thing to go through because of the various unknown possibilities that await you on the other side. Those who are despairing can perceive change as a good thing with the possibilities of an intermission from pains or discomfort. However, those unknown expectations still exist. Individuals who go through transitional care may go experience this sentiment and be fearful of new environments. Transitional care is the combination of services that provide a safe and timely shift between different levels of care. This is extremely important for individuals with chronic diseases or illness considering that they are more susceptible to injury or further complications. It is never easy transitioning your elderly parents or loved one to a new setting, which is why it is paramount to ensure they have a smooth transition of care. Here are a few ways to help make a smooth transition from or to the hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility or even back home.
Miscommunication amongst healthcare providers can lead to a poor transition of care. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “Transitions increase the risk of adverse events due to the potential for miscommunication as responsibility is given to new parties.” Caregivers play such a critical role in ensuring a smooth transition of care because they take on the responsibility of providing the patients current medications, allergies or other health issues as well as planning their next site of care. According to NCBI, “hospital readmissions may result from failures in communication as well as from poor coordination of services, incomplete treatment, incomplete discharge planning, and/or inadequate access to care.” With this in mind, it is important for assisted living facilities to have a well developed relationship with skilled nursing facilities to reduce readmissions from a poor transition of care.