If a family member, or someone you care for, has recently been discharged from hospital you might be wondering how you can best support them at home and how to help them find the right daily living aids to aid their rehabilitation.
With many hospitals across the UK now preparing to make room for an intake of COVID-19 patients, you may find that, once your loved one is deemed medically fit and stable, they are discharged earlier than expected. This comes as the NHS try to make the discharge process more efficient to free up as many beds as possible. In most cases, people who are discharged from hospital will be able to return to their own homes. However, they may still need support at home, whether they are recovering from a temporary injury or learning how to manage a longer-term health condition.
Everyone’s care plan will be different after leaving hospital, depending on their injury or condition, and the NHS may offer your loved one some daily living aids that are considered essential for your safety, such as profiling beds and hoists. However, as some follow up services, such as Occupational Therapy in the community, are now restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they may be unable to provide smaller daily living aids that can make everyday tasks easier. You may find it more convenient to buy additional daily living equipment online, which can support your loved one during their rehabilitation.
What do you need to consider?
We asked our Occupational Therapists for their expert advice on how to support someone who has just been discharged from hospital and how to help them get the right daily living aids to aid their recovery and live independently. The following is based on their professional experience.
“The person you’re caring for may have been discharged with expectations that they will not be able to do everything that they were doing before admission to hospital, and their change in needs will depend on their injury or condition, e.g. they may have reduced movement in a certain area of the body. With this in mind, the first thing to consider is their high priority needs. Are they able to get to their bed? Can they access the toilet or an alternative toileting solution? Can they access food and drink? Can they maintain their hygiene? And are they safe at home?”