Transition Care Vs Home care

Post-hospitalization the patient is physically and emotionally affected in several ways and needs a systematic and coordinated care plan in order to complete the recovery positively. Choosing a rehabilitation plan is often the most critical decision on the path to complete recovery. One of the easiest options post-hospitalization is employing a home-nurse, to take care of the patient’s medical and non-medical requirements, and support them manage their daily activities. However, skilled nursing is often just one element that constitutes a comprehensive rehabilitation plan.

Therefore, it is essential; while comparing home-nursing versus a complete transition care plan delivered at a specialized center; that patients and their families carefully consider all the pros and cons of their decision. In the following few paragraphs, we attempt to make this crucial decision an easier and a better-informed one, for you.

For one, a transition care unit is managed under high medical supervision adhering to quality and safety standards, in opposition to home care, which is usually unsupervised or minimally supervised. Further, a primary physician can always be involved in the care management. A significant advantage of a transition care methodology is its capacity to manage a medical emergency. Since most cases post-surgery or injury face an imminent risk of a reoccurrence or new complication, the team is prepared to identify and initiate the appropriate next steps.

Another challenge that patients taking home-care face is that the coordination between the primary treating doctor, family physician and daily care giver is a chore left for the family to attend to. Most often, there is a wide disconnect between these important stakeholders in recovery, leading to improper communication affecting patient comfort. In a transition care facility however, coordinated medical care is a given by a multidisciplinary team.

In addition, the family is closely looped in the therapy and recovery procedure making them involved and reducing stress and anxiety for situations, which could arise once the patient goes back home. Besides these, a transition care team takes responsibility for patient, and family education, counseling, and any necessary therapy.

Rehabilitation is a long run & top priority for someone who is coming back to their normal life. The care plan is essentially patient-focused with measurement metrics and performance indicators to monitor and evaluate progress agreed upon. Therefore, even from a cost perspective, a transition care plan helps reduce the risk and cost of re-hospitalization in many cases.

In all, a transition care plan encompasses not only skilled nursing; which is a singular service that could alternatively be provided at home; but also offers other recuperation methods such as physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, group discussion and peer engagement in strict adherence to the primary medical plan, delivered with measurable outcomes and evaluation. All this, is not only difficult to replicate in a home environment, but also cost-inefficient and ineffective.

While home-nursing, at first-look might seem like a convenient option, it is only obvious that it doesn’t always take care of the many possible requirements of a patient to lead an efficient recovery path. This is the reason today, that transition care and dedicated rehabilitation care is gaining significance amongst people across the world, and specifically in India.

If you have any further questions as to how to choose between a home-nursing facility and a transition-care plan, please write to our expert at medical@suvitas.com for an in-depth and personalized analysis.

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