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A path to healing at home

Sometimes, patients need surgery immediately, especially if they’ve been seriously injured or suffered another kind of major health setback. Often, however, you will be given a choice about when to have surgery, or whether you should have it at all.

When patients are discharged from the hospital after surgery, hospital staff must arrange for the services they need to return home safely. Through Lifetime Care, patients may receive skilled professional care and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs).

Skilled Care includes services delivered by health care professionals with advanced education or training, such as nurses and therapists. These services include nursing care – checking vital signs, administering medication or injections, wound and ostomy care, home infusion (drugs taken intravenously), oxygen administration, blood tests, or pain control – as well as physical, occupational, respiratory, and speech therapy. Medical social workers may also assist patients and families to deal with financial issues or link them to helpful community resources.

After surgery, some patients may also need help with Activities of Daily Living - getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing, going to the toilet, walking, preparing meals and eating. While family members or friends can offer help, these activities present a challenge for patients who need substantial assistance in doing them. Physicians can order home health aide services to provide this assistance. Click here to learn more.

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Wound Care Specialists Give Expert Advice

Studies show that wounds heal faster with specialized nursing care. Lifetime Care’s Wound Care specialists earn national certification in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing.

Our Wound Care Team will help you understand which supplies and products are best for your condition.  Our Wound Care treatment is effective for:
  • Incisions or other surgical wounds
  • Ostomies, including colostomies, ileostomies, urostomies and gastrostomies
 
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