Chapter 3: Coordinating services

Getting started

I’ve been there
Paul provides advice for caregivers including the benefits of a caregiver support group and connecting with someone who's been there.(3:22)Video transcript

When my husband’s doctor was discharging him, he was so helpful for arranging continuing care. He set up a nurse to assess and change my husband’s wound dressing every couple of days. He also took the time to refer us to additional home services.

The person’s healthcare provider can review the requirements and recommend equipment, supplies, and services that may be necessary to help ensure the safety of both the person who is ill and the caregivers supporting them.

In some cases, a hospital discharge planner or a homecare provider will recommend supplies you may be required to buy. An occupational therapist (OT) may be available to either visit the person’s home or discuss how things can be set up in the home. 

Depending on the situation, the person may be able to receive additional home services such as home oxygen, community nursing, and physical therapy. The type of service and the amount of time given may depend on the program’s resources.