Hospitals are busy places. People who
need surgery or immediate care for their
illnesses are best served in a hospital—an
ideal place to receive healthcare 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
But hospitals aren’t designed for long-term stays. If you’re in a hospital, your
care team will work to get you home
safely and quickly. That’s because your
home is the ideal place to get a more
complete picture of your health—and
And while hospitals are great places
to diagnose an illness and stabilize your
health, the longer you’re a hospital
patient, the more likely you are to:
• Lose strength and energy
• Have a harder time walking
• Have a fall
• Get an infection.
At home, you can still get the care you
need to recover. Across the province,
Alberta Health Services is working with
patients and their families to get people
home faster. The care team will work with
you to plan for your care needs and make
sure support services are in place to help
you stay at home safely, for as long as
possible. Your team will begin planning
what you need to be at home—from the
moment you’re admitted to hospital.
When you need continuing care
If you need the level of care only
available in continuing care, your care
team will work with you and your family
to help you understand your options.
The best place to determine if continuing
care is needed is at home, not a hospital.
• Roughly 120,000 Albertans received
home care last year. If that option
isn't safe or your needs cannot be met
through home care, a facility may be
the best option. You may be asked to
choose up to three location options.
If none have room right away, a
temporary option will be offered. Your
team will try to offer your preferences.
• You and your team will make sure
everyone understands your situation
to help you decide on the best living
option—one that meets your care
needs, goals and preferences.
• If you need a facility and are waiting
in the community, home care and other
support will be offered.
The care and supports you need
If you already have home care or are in
designated supportive living or long-term care, your care team will work
together to support your safe return.
• Together, you and your care team plan
how to meet your ongoing medical,
rehabilitation and daily living needs.
• Ideally, you are only discharged from
the hospital once your home care
needs or other service supports are in
• You may benefit from care within
a rehabilitation unit or program at
another care centre before you’re ready
to go home.
Help for caregivers
Caring for a family member while
they’re recovering can be tiring and
Alberta Health Services can connect
you to help in your community that will
make the job easier. This can include day
program support, caregiver support and
respite care for family caregivers. |a
Your home is at the heart of your health.
That’s why, if you end up in the hospital,
your healthcare team works to get you
home as soon as possible
WRITTEN BY THE APPLE TEAM
To learn more about
continuing care services, call
Health Link at 811 or visit