Tips For a Safe Discharge from The Hospital to The Rehab Facility

3/23/2021

There is exciting news out today from the halls of NJ government!

Nursing Homes in NJ are being allowed to open up (officially) to visitors with relaxed guidelines, in large part due to the amazing progress nursing homes have made with inoculating their residents against COVID-19.

In short, it is completely safe once again to be admitted to a nursing and rehab facility for post-acute rehabilitation, just as it is safe to visit.

With this in mind, I wanted to put together this helpful guide to empower you with pertinent information related to a proper discharge from the hospital to the rehab facility for post-acute care.

What happens when your loved one is ready to leave the hospital? Until now you’ve been juggling your career and home responsibilities, visits to your loved one, and meetings with doctors. You haven’t really given any thought to what comes after.

But experts say you need to start planning your loved one’s discharge almost as soon as they enter the hospital.

When your elderly mom or dad has a strokeheart attack, or other emergency event, they’re rushed to the hospital for acute care. Once the patient has been stabilized and no longer needs hospital-level care, it’s time for discharge—even though they haven’t fully recovered yet.

A medical crisis and hospitalization throws the spouse or adult children of the patient into a whirlwind of decisions, confusing medical jargon, and labyrinth insurance rules.

What You Need to Know

In most cases, a stroke or fall victim will need rehabilitation at a sub-acute rehab facility. The first thing you will need to do is decide which facility is best for Mom or Dad. How to choose a rehab facility is beyond the scope of this article, but here’s a good place to start: Selecting Long Term Senior Care.

The hospital should give you a written discharge plan with instructions for post-hospital care. This is especially important if you’re bringing Mom or Dad home. The plan should include:

  • Overall care instructions
  • Where the patient is going—i.e. skilled nursing care, sub-acute rehab, home
  • Medication instructions, along with possible side effects
  • Symptoms to watch out for
  • What to do if these symptoms occur
  • Any necessary follow-up appointments

Make sure to go over the discharge plan with the patient’s doctor or nurse. If you don’t understand something, speak up and ask for clarification. The day before discharge can be a frenzied experience, especially if the hospital only informed you about the discharge that day. Take a few deep breaths to keep calm, and don’t worry about being assertive in making sure you understand the doctor’s instructions.

For more information about planning your discharge, check out this article from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

When discharge day comes, make sure you are well-rested and have eaten well. Bring along nutritious snacks and an extra drink or two for you and the patient. Getting discharged from the hospital can be a long process with a lot of waiting, so make sure you’re prepared.

With some advance planning, you can help your parent or loved one have a seamless transition from the hospital to a rehab facility.

Wishing you complete health and recovery!

Yours,

Judah @ RegencyNursingCenters

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A Career In Nursing is Just What The Doctor Ordered

As working adults with responsibilities, we often get lulled into the belief that we have to drive between the lines of our current career path. Fortunately, this is not the case, and, thanks to the availability of online education, remote work, and plenty of open jobs in the healthcare industry, now is the best time in history to become a nurse. Regency Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers discusses how to get started.

 Career Transitions

The decision to make a career transition isn’t always easy. If you are burned out and feel anything other than fulfilled, moving into a career you can feel good about can help you earn an income while improving your quality of life. And when your chosen field is nursing, you put yourself in a unique position to also save lives.

Education

Most nursing jobs require a degree. Lower-paying positions may require only an associate’s, while advanced roles will necessitate a master’s. This can be time-consuming, however, unless you plan to go to school online. Earning your degree virtually lets you work, take care of your family, and complete your education all within your own schedule. A master’s degree in nursing can help you get a career in health leadership, nursing education, nurse management, or the informatics disciplines.

Options Abound

Once you obtain your education, your next step is your license. After that, the sky’s the limit. Just a few potential positions you may find yourself in as a nurse are:

  • Bariatrics nurse. This is a relatively new specialty, but one that allows you to work treating people who are desperately trying to beat the beast of obesity.
  • Critical care nurse. A critical care nurse works in high-stress environments, such as the emergency room or ICU.
  • Health policy nursing. In this role, you will work with health and public safety to help enact new healthcare policies that impact your community.
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner. A pediatric nurse practitioner is one of the highest paying nursing jobs. You will work with young children to help diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and ensure their overall wellness.

Finding Your Dream Job

When it comes to nursing, there’s more than one way to land your dream role. Nursing job boards, referrals, and even a good old-fashioned Google search will all point you in the right direction. The tricky part is acing the interview for your first nursing job.

Keep in mind that your interview is truly the first impression you make. Present yourself as professionally as possible. Women may fare best in a skirt or pants suit accented with modest jewelry. If possible, bring a neutral handbag and avoid strong perfumes. For men, a suit, tie, and well-polished dress shoes always present well.

Men and women alike must mentally prepare themselves to answer tough questions. These may include everything from how you feel about touching bodily fluids to why you believe you are a good candidate. Arrive early to your interview, whether it’s in person or virtual, and make eye contact, which shows respect and confidence.

A career in nursing may be just what the doctor ordered if you’re looking to find a fulfilling job that will allow you to provide for your family. Nurses are always in high demand, and, once you become a member of this elite group, you’ll have your pick of positions. Remember, it all starts with an education and an interview.

Regency Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers can provide compassionate and patient-centered care for your senior loved one. Schedule a tour today!

Online Activities for Seniors – Especially During Rehabilitation and Recovery!

This article was written exclusively for our Regency readers by our friend Claire Wentz of Caring From Afar.

It feels as if we are just beginning to learn one new technology gadget when the next version comes out. This world is one of constant updates, new versions, endless software options, and new apps. All of this can seem daunting to anyone, but especially seniors to whom all of it is an entirely new way of connecting to the world.

And yet technology can open many doors and bring new experiences to people’s lives. Online and computer activities can be used for brain stimulation, memory, entertainment, and even health reasons. According to the National Institute of Health, digital action games can even have cognitive benefits for older adults. This includes possible benefits to memory and engagement.

If you’re looking for wellness-boosting activities that you can easily access online, the Regency Nursing & Post-Acute Rehabilitation Blog has you covered.

Classic Games

There are many games to be played online that are digital versions of a person’s childhood games.

  • Chess: If you are a fan of playing chess, try playing chess
  • Puzzles: If you were a fan of puzzles as a kid and even growing up, considering doing digital jigsaw puzzles.
  • Solitaire: This is a classic card game to play and it’s quite easy to do on a computer.

Social Media

Social media is a great way to engage with friends and family on an everyday basis and keep in touch in a variety of ways. Through social media you can share photographs, use instant messenger, and even do face to face chat using a video cam.

  • Facebook: This is a good way to keep communicating with your friends by sharing articles, games, and even videos.
  • Instagram: A site where you can view endless photographs and keep in touch with grandkids and friends.
  • Skype: Do you have friends nearby that you can’t visit as much as you like? Using Skype allows you to do conference calls and keep in touch with your loved ones in a whole new way without having to travel long distances.

Mind Games

Computer games can do their fair share in helping your brain get a workout. They can help various areas of cognitive function and might also have psychological and emotional benefits.

  • Lumosity offers a variety of fun brain training exercises.
  • Computer Backgammon can also be a free and relaxing game.

Learn a New Skill

The internet has also proven great in getting people to learn new skills. With millions of online tutorials and classes, people can get online and learn anything from simple car maintenance, to basic home repair, art, photography, music, and even full degrees. One of these fun skills available online is learning to play a new musical instrument, from piano, to ukulele, to guitar.

  • Painting Lessons: If you have always wanted to paint, whether it’s a landscape, a portrait, or other types of art, taking online painting courses might be a good way to go.
  • Learn a New Language: There are a variety of free language-learning websites that can take you on that new lingual adventure.
  • Crafts: If you have always been a crafty person, sites like Pinterest or other DIY sites can give you some great craft ideas to keep your artistic spirit alive.

Taking Things Up a Notch

If your new hobby truly becomes your passion project, you might just decide to turn it into a moneymaker. If you do, make sure you do things properly and register your business. While part of this is for tax and income purposes, if you choose a business structure like an LLC, you reap important benefits. For instance, an LLC offers tax perks and protects your personal assets in the event your business is sued. Plus, it’s easy to get registered, since you can use an online service to walk you through the steps quickly and easily. You’ll be legal in a heartbeat so you can get right back to your personal and professional pursuits.

Online courses, games and activities for seniors have proven to be very beneficial for helping reduce stress and even anxiety. Just because one gets older doesn’t mean one is out of touch — there is always something new to learn and see in the world. Keeping up with all the new technology can prove to be a new friend, while connecting you with old ones.

If you’re having trouble living life to the fullest due to a recent injury, hospitalization, or other medical issue, The Regency Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers Alliance is here to help. Learn more about our services here or give us a call at 732-730-9280.

A Seniors Guide to Using Habits and Tech to Improve Health

 

Looking for some simple ways to boost your health and preserve your well-being in retirement? Then you’ve got the right guide. We’ve outlined some of the easiest ways that older adults can take control of their physical and mental health, which include healthy lifestyle choices and useful technology. Keep reading to find out more.

Make Practical Changes for Aging Well

 Healthy aging starts with healthy choices. So before you invest in any new tech, make sure you are taking these basic steps to improve your physical health and emotional well-being:

Review Your Current Medicare Options

 Although many seniors count on Medicare for their healthcare needs, they tend to take their own Medicare coverage for granted. If you are one of these seniors, you may need to research all of your Medicare plan options before the next open enrollment dates, which are October 15 – December 7 each year. Be sure to look into Medicare Advantage plans as well to see if the added coverage is more suitable for your needs. You may end up spending more on your monthly premiums with these plans, but doing so may provide you with access to prescription drug coverage and care for vision and dental. Since preventative care can lower healthcare costs, adding more coverage to your Medicare plan could save you money, in addition to improving your health.

 Assess Your Daily Lifestyle Habits and Choices

 If you want to live a longer life, you don’t necessarily need miracles or drastic measures. In fact,  there are five key areas of your daily routine that matter the most for your longevity and quality of life. Making healthier choices when it comes to your diet and exercise habits tops the list of life-extending daily habits, so look for simple recipes and easy workouts that will help preserve your well-being. If you’re living on a limited retirement income, search for budget-friendly meals that can help you stick to your budget and health goals at the same time. These simple daily habits can help preserve your body, but you may need other routines in order to preserve your brain. Getting enough sleep, participating in social activities, and even completing puzzles can all be simple, yet highly effective, ways for seniors to boost and preserve cognitive health.

 

Make Technology Choices to Boost Healthy Aging

 

Healthy daily choices can lead to better senior health, but it never hurts to have some handy tools that make sticking to those new habits a little easier. That’s why the latest tech can help you lead a healthier life, and these are just some of the top tech choices to achieve your goals:

 Track Your Health With Smartphone Apps

 If you are not using health-tracking smartphone apps by now, you are missing out on a simple way to manage your overall health and well-being. Easy-to-use fitness apps like Couch to 5K and Fooducate are completely free and can provide you with additional motivation for sticking to your healthier diet and exercise goals. There are apps available to help you get better sleep, stay hydrated, and track just about any other health or wellness goal you have. So your smartphone may be the only health and wellness gadget you need.

 Boost Your Wellness With a New Smartphone

You need a powerful smartphone to run the latest health apps. If it has been a while since your last upgrade, consider shopping for something with more power and capability. For instance, the latest iPhone 12 Pro Max, or even the more affordable iPhone SE, offers more battery power and a powerful processor to run apps without any issues. If you’re not a fan of Apple, you can also opt for a newer Android phone like the Google Pixel 3A, which comes with a great camera and durable shell. No matter which brand of smartphone you choose, just be sure to add unlimited data to your phone plan to power those helpful apps.

 By partnering basic lifestyle choices with powerful tech, you will have all you need to stay in control of your health and wellness. So keep the tips above handy to make the most of your golden years and make healthy aging feel effortless.

This article was written exclusively for our Regency Nursing Centers readership by our friend C. Wentz, from Caring From Afar.

Regency Nursing Centers NJ: COVID-19 Vaccination Message

On behalf of our Founder and President, David Gross, the extended Gross family, and the entire Regency family, we are excited to have commenced with vaccinating our residents at each of our Regency facilities this month!

To our local politicians and dignitaries who were in attendance at each event:

We were especially privileged to share our vaccination launch with all of you.

With all our heart, we thank you for celebrating this milestone with us. We have always cherished our friendship and remain deeply grateful for your continued partnership and support of our work and our efforts.

It is through your own local leadership and efforts that events like these are made possible.

We are ready for a new year!

We find ourselves at the dawn of a new year; a year that is already full of hope and promise for brighter days ahead.

2020 has been a year like no other in recent memory.

The worldwide pandemic known as the coronavirus, has tested our planet to the extreme. Collectively, we have lost hundreds of thousands to this deadly disease. Personally, we all know somebody close to us who succumbed to Covid-19.

The pain of such loss is indescribable, especially when too many have perished alone and afraid, without the comfort of their loved ones to surround them in their final moments.

But nowhere has the pandemic been more impactful and more acutely felt than in the skilled nursing industry where we care for the most vulnerable of our population, our senior citizens.

From the very onset of the pandemic, nursing homes and their residents suffered the full brunt of an unforgiving disease, misguided directives from top levels of government and an unrelenting media more invested in salacious soundbites than truth and fairness in reporting.

Our healthcare heroes step up!

Through it all, our heroic healthcare workers stepped up to the challenge to care for their patients and residents with singular dedication and compassion. When everyone else was self-isolating, these ‘heroes in hazmats’ were placing themselves in the eye of the storm to do God’s work.

When fingers were being unfairly pointed in their direction to castigate and scapegoat, they remained focused and driven to heal the sick without regard for themselves.

At Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we stand in awe of our own heroic staff for their incredible acts of self-sacrifice.

You all embody the spirit and resilience of the human spirit. Your selflessness, compassion and dedication to our residents is a source of endless inspiration to us and to our grateful families.

It is through your efforts that we remain the only 5-star healthcare system in the entire state, even during a global pandemic!

To our partner pharmacies:

We would like to take this moment to thank our local designated partner pharmacies, for working with us in the days and weeks ahead to vaccinate our residents and the members of our community.

We look forward to collaborating with you on this ‘miracle’ project!

To our local communities:

We would like to thank the members of our communities, beginning with our local enforcement agencies right on down to each of our friends and neighbors.

The late Coretta Scott King once famously said; “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

Indeed, truer words were never spoken.

We are truly proud to be part of the Dover, Somerset and Wayne NJ communities.

The members of our communities contributed to our efforts in the most creative and heartfelt ways.

From your homemade masks, to face-shields rendered on 3-d printers, to your food contributions for our staff and local agencies, to custom ski-masks for our staff, you all stepped up to show tremendous compassion and friendship.

Each gift was, and is, incredibly meaningful and deeply touching.

We are humbled by your generosity and thank you for your friendship.

May God bless you all and here is to a fantastic 2021!

Warmest,

Your Regency Nursing Family

2021 Winter Safety For Seniors

Well my friends, it is snowing today in the tri-state area and it truly is beginning to feel like the holiday season is upon us!

SO LET’S TALK ABOUTR WINTER SAFETY FOR THE ELDERLY!

The Regency Alliance on Senior Healthcare previously published an incredible pamphlet regarding winter safety for seniors, which we hand out gratis (and we’ve given away thousands of these pamphlets to various libraries, hospitals, Dr. offices and other healthcare institutions).

I encourage you all to read this!

Click on this link

My friend and a superb and true healthcare professional, Denise Graab of Caring.com, also wrote an incredible and empowering article on this topic back in 2017 and it is as relevant today as it was then.

I encourage you to read her piece as well.

Click on this link to be directed to her article.

Stay Safe!

Congrats To Our President On A Groundbreaking Achievement (Literally)!

On October 18th, a long pursued dream came true for our President, David Gross, as he broke ground on what will be a beautiful new Jewish Congregation in Clifton, NJ.

The celebration was well attended by the entire Jewish community of Passaic-Clifton and many local politicians. The ceremony marked the culmination of a 15-year long legal process which set a new precedent in the City for all future houses of worship catering to all faiths and denominations.

This years long struggle spearheaded and funded entirely by Mr. Gross, is a demonstration of his iron will and fortitude and will long resonate and be remembered by future generations. Indeed, every faith and every denomination will benefit from his single-minded vision and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Regency Jewish Heritage is proud to pay homage to our beloved Founder and President upon this milestone achievement.

Rendering of the new Sanctuary!