– JANUARY 2021 –
Setting up for success
The transition from being an inpatient to moving into a community setting can be a challenging one. As you move from a highly structured hospital environment, to your more relaxed home environment, your abilities, goals and rehabilitation will change.
Hospital care generally means a higher level of care, structured appointments, timetables and managing the immediacy of your injury, pain or condition. It can be reassuring to know that the Doctor completes their rounds every morning, that medication and physiotherapy arrive on the dot each day and that the trivial aspects of life such as cooking and cleaning are done for you. The reassurance of knowing you have the support in place in hospital to tend to any unexpected complications or pain is comforting, which can make the transition to home care a challenging one.
Whether you’ve experienced a life changing traumatic event, or are managing the symptoms of a nerve related injury or disease, it’s important to plan and set yourself up for success when you leave hospital.
Experience tells our team at Active Edge Physiotherapy that as each of our patients presents with different symptoms, the assessment and treatment plan will vary, as will the time to see improvement or to stabilise symptoms. What’s critically important is that alongside your carers and family, you’ll need to be proactive in ensuring you’re covering all your needs and are organised ahead of time for your release from hospital. We tend to see a higher success rate in recovery or management of an illness if personal accountability and ownership is taken, alongside the help of your support group or carer. Whilst neurological disorders are a major cause for disability in Australia, they can be a much-misunderstood group of diseases and injuries. The very nature of this type of injury or disease brings about a number of external considerations to manage, such as emotional and financial matters, often compounded by the symptoms of your injury or disease.
Gaining early access to a neurological physiotherapist, whilst remaining in the comfort of your own home is key to accessing the support you need to assess your recovery or management and tailor a recovery program to your unique needs and home surroundings.
At first, you may require twice weekly physiotherapy, to help your body to recover movement by retraining your brain to commandeer movement of your muscles. The beauty of completing this program at home means that any equipment required, can stay in place and be used in your own time to help support your daily or weekly goals. Your physiotherapist, in conjunction with your Doctor in hospital, can advise you which equipment you may need to hire and how you can go about accessing these resources.
A huge support network exists to offer help and resources to people with neurological conditions – from equipment hire to understanding NDIS and navigating your way through the complexities of the NDIS system.
We understand that it can be daunting to figure out your needs and translate these into an actionable plan to give you the best chance of recovery, and are happy to share our experience and knowledge to all our clients as they embark on this journey. It can be challenging, even for our expert team to map an exact pathway of your symptoms or predict your progress week to week, especially in the new environment of your own home but the key is sustained effort and planning for overall improvement.
As you leave hospital, your recovery and management journey is only just beginning. Each step of progress will enable you, alongside your support team, to set new goals towards a healthier, pain free and more independent lifestyle. Setting your home environment up to meet your needs both physically and mentally, opens the door to a smoother post hospital journey and a chance to smash those rehabilitation goals.