Hospitals are busy places. People whoneed surgery or immediate care for theirillnesses are best served in a hospital—anideal place to receive healthcare 24 hoursa day, seven days a week.
But hospitals aren’t designed for long-term stays. If you’re in a hospital, yourcare team will work to get you homesafely and quickly. That’s because yourhome is the ideal place to get a morecomplete picture of your health—andhealth needs.
And while hospitals are great placesto diagnose an illness and stabilize yourhealth, the longer you’re a hospitalpatient, 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 youneed to recover. Across the province,Alberta Health Services is working withpatients and their families to get peoplehome faster. The care team will work withyou to plan for your care needs and makesure support services are in place to helpyou stay at home safely, for as long aspossible. Your team will begin planningwhat you need to be at home—from themoment you’re admitted to hospital.
When you need continuing care
If you need the level of care onlyavailable in continuing care, your careteam will work with you and your familyto help you understand your options.
The best place to determine if continuingcare is needed is at home, not a hospital.
• Roughly 120,000 Albertans receivedhome care last year. If that optionisn't safe or your needs cannot be metthrough home care, a facility may bethe best option. You may be asked tochoose up to three location options.
If none have room right away, atemporary option will be offered. Yourteam will try to offer your preferences.
• You and your team will make sureeveryone understands your situationto help you decide on the best livingoption—one that meets your careneeds, goals and preferences.
• If you need a facility and are waitingin the community, home care and othersupport will be offered.
The care and supports you need
If you already have home care or are indesignated supportive living or long-term care, your care team will worktogether 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 fromthe hospital once your home careneeds or other service supports are inplace.
• You may benefit from care withina rehabilitation unit or program atanother care centre before you’re readyto go home.
Help for caregivers
Caring for a family member whilethey’re recovering can be tiring andstressful.
Alberta Health Services can connectyou to help in your community that willmake the job easier. This can include dayprogram support, caregiver support andrespite 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 aboutcontinuing care services, callHealth Link at 811 or visitahs.ca/continuingcare.