Why do hospital admissions and discharges cause so much anxiety? When you or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, you or your loved one will be given an RN, case manager, and social worker who will work on release arrangements. They become an integral member of the hospital’s clinical team, and they should be talking to you about discharge from the beginning of your stay.
Be prepared, though, for that plan to change. They will tell you what to anticipate one day and then tell you something completely different the next. Discharge plans frequently evolve and change as a result of shifting circumstances, new tests, and new information obtained by the professional team, which can leave family members feeling befuddled and upset.
Although being released may appear to be a final destination, the discharge process is a constantly changing and uncertain journey. And it’s because of this that discharge planning is so difficult.
What if a home discharge isn’t possible? Seniors frequently choose to return home rather than attend important inpatient or acute rehabilitation therapy programs. Seniors frequently worry about losing their independence. Seniors are concerned that going to skilled or acute rehabilitation will be the first step in someone attempting to take away their freedom.
Seniors will occasionally advocate for a decision that isn’t in their best interest because they believe they will be able to function normally again after their stay in the hospital.
Having said that, getting admitted to the hospital is an extremely stressful experience. It’s filled with anxiety and worry. According to studies, the main danger for seniors and their families begins 30 days after discharge.
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