Depending on your condition, the type of care you need may include the following:
Regular doctor visit
Your regular doctor can answer questions about your:
- Follow-up care
(examples: Check wounds for infection, Remove stitches, Order blood or urine tests, etc.)
Most therapy is provided at therapy centers. This is called outpatient care. Some patients need around-the-clock care in a rehabilitation hospital. This is called inpatient care.
- Examples: Physical, occupational or speech therapy
A variety of care or services are provided to patients in their home, such as:
- Nursing care
- Delivery of oxygen tanks of medical supplies
- Help with personal care, like bathing
- Help finding community resources
Most communities have services to help patients stay in their home. A social worker or case manager can help find resources in your community.
- Meals on Wheels
- Transportation, such as shuttle services
- Adult day care
- Personal care services
Nursing care center (also called skilled nursing care)
Care provided is short-term and similar to that given in a hospital. You will be given around-the-clock care.
- Examples: Physical, occupational or speech therapy, Help with personal care and activities of daily living, Nursing care (nursing care can include changing bandages, giving medicines, and educating patients and their families about their condition,
care and instructions.)
Hospice is usually provided in the patient’s home. Some patients need around-the-clock care in a hospice facility. The goal of hospice is to provide the best possible quality of life for as long as possible.
- Support for family, end-of-life care, Nursing care (nursing care can include changing bandages, giving medicines, and educating patients and their families about their condition, care and instructions.)