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Family Discharge Planning

Resources for Getting Better at ‘Home’

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How to use this Family Discharge Planning Resource
This is a resource center listing a variety of senior services and resource providers relevant to Discharge Planning. The key to making good decisions on the healthcare services you need and who to use, is to research and evaluate available resources, then apply your knowledge and preferences to the evaluation process. Remember to reach out to Discharge Planning Professionals and other Professionals providing services and ask questions. Keep a notebook handy and take notes and write down contact information.
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Family Discharge Planning
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Family Discharge Planning Resources

Resources for Getting Better at ‘Home’ when you have been discharged from Hospital, Long-term Care Facility or Rehabilitation Facility

Why do we put ‘Home’ in hyphens?

We put ‘Home’ in hyphens to point out that ‘Home’ means many things to many different people. Your ‘Home’ may be a single family residence or you may reside with your family in a multi-generational family-setting or you may live in a senior community. We want to point out that it is for those who live in a senior community ‘Home,’ that you may find some of these resources useful. Basically we are sharing resources that may be of assistance to you, for wherever you call ‘Home.’

Resources & Services to consider

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An Overview of Discharge Planning

This Family Discharge Planning resource is meant to be a reminder for some and an idea generator for others. The content reviews and lists resources and services that a patient and family may find useful as they ‘work at getting better’. Note the phrase – ‘work’ at getting better’ because it is ‘work’ to get better.

We are suggesting that patients and/or families should research “Discharge Planning” resources to learn about services that may be of assistance to the patient in making a recovery and then make decisions based on your health practioner’s guidelines and suggestions along with your personal needs on what you need to help you get better.

Note that research proves the patient should be involved in the decision making process, with the support of family, friends and professionals involved in the discharge planning process. Communication between and the ‘care team’ is crucial to a successful outcome for the patient.

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Advance Planning

Anytime someone is facing surgery – small or large procedures, they should make sure their advance directives are in place. Advance Directives can be a difficult conversation but it is far more difficult if something happens and one has not had these discussions, taken care of the paperwork and the patient has made everyone aware of their wishes. Many hospitals have the advance directive paperwork available and can help the family complete them. Elder law attorneys can also take care of preparing the paperwork. Note that even if you are not facing surgery, everyone should give thought to their advance directives in case of accident or illness and document and share their decisions on what they want or do NOT want at end of life.

Helpful websites:
Aging with Dignity – 5 Wishes – www.FiveWishes.org
Caring Connections - www.Caringinfo.org
Caring Conversations® from Center for Practical Bioethics – Click Here
National HealthCare Decisions Day - www.nhdd.org
The Conversation Project - www.theconversationproject.org
The Go Wish Game – www.GoWish.org

Local Resources & Speakers on Advance Planning:
Jane W. Barton – Cardinal, LLC – www.CardinaLife.com
Life Quality Institute – www.LifeQualityInstitute.org

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias can impact the life of a senior, family and friends in countless ways. Of all the topics that one should research, this is one of the most important. Three websites are listed below. Also many providers of home health services and companion services have special programs, training and resources to help families.
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Article - “It’s Happening. Dementia” – Click Here
Article – “Alzheimer’s Study Demonstrates Need for Elder Law Planning” – Click Here
Government Website: www.alzheimers.gov
Non-Profit Website: www.alz.org
Non-Profit Website: www.alzfdn.org

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Care Management

Care Management is one of the most important and valuable categories for seniors and their families to be familiar with. Care Managers can assist seniors and their families by providing assistance and guidance in selecting and coordinating senior housing options, long-term care, in-home care, and other related services as the senior's needs change during the aging process. Care Managers include professionals that begin with a needs assessment, creating an individualized care plan for the particular senior.
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Find a Care Management Services in Denver – Click Here

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Caregiving Classes

A ‘family caregiver’ may find that they are committed to helping a family member but they are unfamiliar with what is needed in providing caregiving services. There are a variety of resources for finding caregiving classes so one can improve their caregiving skills and knowledge.

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Caregiver Class Resources – Click Here

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Computers & Internet

Computers have become the new communication resource for both staying in contact and at home entertainment. For seniors checking email on a daily basis and maybe visiting some puzzle websites can become a welcomed daily activity and also good brain stimulation.
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Research Computer & Internet Services – Click Here

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Downsizing & Real Estate Services

Move management and organizing services assist with moves from a larger home to an apartment or community and often handle personal details of a move. The additional steps in downsizing involve selling the property and then selecting where to move to. Another way of thinking of this process is ‘right-sizing’ to housing that is safer housing solution.
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Article – “Expert Help Available for Seniors on the Move” – Click Here
Article – “Reasons to Rent, Not Buy Another Home” – Click Here
Denver – Move Management & Organizing Services – Click Here
Denver - Senior Real Estate Specialists – Click Here

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Emergency Response Systems

Emergency response systems provide security to seniors by connecting them at any time to those who can assist them. Systems include personal medical alert products and home alarm systems activated by pushing a button. Product choices can include consoles, necklaces, bracelets, belt clips and additional products such as pill dispensers.
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Research Emergency Response Systems – Click Here

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Fall Prevention & Home Modification

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. Seniors and their families are encouraged to take proactive steps to prevent falls and stay independent for as long as possible.

Learn more about the Falls Free® Initiative which includes more than 40 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies working collaboratively to bring education, awareness, and evidence-based solutions to local communities. Falls Free® seeks to provide hundreds of thousands of older Americans with the resources and education needed to reduce their risk of injury.
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Article – “Falls Prevention Awareness” – Click Here
Website: www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeInitiative.

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Food Services

Eating good healthy meals appropriate for one’s physical state is a large part of getting better after a health incident. From having a companion or family member cook the ‘comfort food’ that taste great and build your strength to higher end gourmet frozen meals or utilizing one of the at-home meal delivery organizations, remember to focus on eating right as you recover.
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Article - “…When Food was Simple and Made at Home” - Click Here
Article - “… Eating Right” - Click Here
Research Food Resources – Click Here
Website: MagicKitchen Profile

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Health & Wellness Resources

In regard to health and wellness there is so much to be said about exercise and keeping moving. Here is a series of articles on the topic.
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Article – “Looking at Physical Inactivity as a True Medical Condition” – Click Here
Article – “The Majority of Americans Don’t Get Enough Exercise” – Click Here
Article – “Yoga After 50” – Click Here
Website: www.MeridianHSN.com
Website: www.MedHealthFit.com
Website: www.MyWellnessAtHome.com

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Home Health Agencies

Home health agencies provide healthcare professionals for in-home support services from one to twenty-four hours a day. These professionals include nurses, home health aides, homemakers, therapists, and medical social workers. Reimbursement can be from Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As part of your Discharge Plan you may have been assigned a Home Health Agency.
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View Questions to Ask when Selecting In-Home Care – Click Here
Denver – Home Health Agencies – Click Here

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Hospice Services

Hospices provide individuals facing terminal illness with care at home or in a healthcare facility. The goal is to assist patients to live the last stage of their lives with dignity. Most hospices will accept Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, and private pay.
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Article – “10 Things to Know About Hospice and Hospice Home Care – Click Here
Article – “Hospice: The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare” – Click Here
Denver – Hospice– Click Here

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Housing Referral Specialists

The transition of a loved one from home, to a senior housing location can be difficult. Professionals called Housing Specialists offer advice and referral services for seniors to local senior housing communities; some are at no charge to the individual. Many of these Housing Referral Specialists work with local case workers, social workers, discharge planners and senior housing locations to help them find the best care options for their clients.
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Read Article “What’s Best for Mom – Home vs. Assisted Living” – Click Here
Denver – Housing Referral Specialists – Click Here

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In-Home Care & Companion Services

In-home care and companion care is support by a professional licensed caregiver in a client's home or senior housing community in order to provide companionship or assistance with errands.
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View Questions to Ask when Selecting In-Home Care – Click Here
Denver – In-Home Care & Companions – Click Here

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Medicare-Medicaid in Colorado

Medicare is the nation's largest health insurance program and provides health insurance for Americans. Medicaid serves people with low incomes and resources, and is funded by the state and federal government, and is managed by the states. Explore the website links and learn more about Colorado Home and Community-Based Services (NCBS) Medicaid Waivers.
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Resource – Colorado.gov Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers – Click Here
Resource – Medicaid.gov 1915(c) Home & Community-Based Waivers – Click Here
Resource – Medicaid.gov – Medicaid Enrollment By State – Click Here
Website: www.BenefitsCheckUp.org
Website: www.Medicare.gov
Website: www.Medicaid.gov

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Professional Services

Professional Services provide help with legal, financial, and end of life concerns to seniors and their families. The true importance of this area is the communication and resolution of issues that impact not only life, but death as well. Facing these issues while one is in good health and making a plan of action is so important for seniors and their families during the aging process.
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Article – “Family Matters” – Click Here
Article – “Mom & Dad Are Moving In With Us …” – Click Here
Denver – Elder Law – Click Here
Denver – Financial Services – Click Here
Denver – Longterm Care – Click Here
Denver – Reverse Mortgages – Click Here
Denver – Professional Services – Click Here

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Summary

You may need additional resources and services not mentioned above. Go out and research the Internet to learn more about available services and then apply your knowledge and preferences to the evaluation process. The key to making good decisions on the healthcare services you need and who to use, is to research and evaluate available resources, then apply your knowledge and preferences to the evaluation process. Remember to reach out to Discharge Planning Professionals and other Professionals providing services and ask questions. Keep a notebook handy and take notes and write down contact information of people you talk to.

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