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After-Hospital Care

While being discharged means going home to recover for many of our patients, for some, it may not be so simple. If your hospital stay was a result of an injury or illness that has changed your lifestyle, you may need additional after-hospital care. After-hospital care options through St. Claire HealthCare include:

  • Home Medical Equipment - You may be able to safely return to your home with the aid of specialized medical equipment ordered by your physician. This could include crutches, a walker or wheelchair, a bedside commode, or a hospital bed.
  • Home Health - If your physician believes you are able to return home, but need assistance including continued in-home medical care, St. Claire HealthCare’s Home Health can help. Just like during your hospital stay, your care team will be customized to meet your specific needs.
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation - If your ability to participate safely in self-care and regular activities has decreased, your physician may recommend inpatient rehabilitation. St. Claire HealthCare's rehabilitation experts will design a custom rehabilitation program to get you back home or to the next level of care as quickly as possible.
  • Palliative Medicine - Our team helps patients cope with serious illness, including side effects of medical treatments, fears about the future, and even caregiver stress.
  • Hospice - This is a program for terminally ill patients and families. Care is usually provided in the home. Examples of the available services include pain control, symptom management, spiritual support, and bereavement services for family members.

Additional after-hospital options could include a long-term nursing home, assisted living, or an independent living community.

Social services or a social service consult are available to help you and your family evaluate options, locate resources, and will be happy to address any questions and concerns you have. If you would like speak with your case manager, ask your nurse manager to help schedule an appointment, or call 606.783.6590. Case managers are available Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.