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Discharged Seniors’ Lives Made Easier After Hospital Stay

March 3, 2012 7:39 AM | News

By David Klassen

Home Instead Senior Care has launched the Home Safe program. (STOCK PHOTO)

A new program has been launched in Winnipeg to get seniors who are discharged from the hospital home safely.

Home Instead Senior Care’s Home Safe program aides seniors who require extra help transitioning back into home life and becoming independent again after a hospital a stay.

“Knowing your loved one is home safe when you are unable to be there is comforting,” said Julie Donaldson, owner of the Winnipeg office of Home Instead Senior Care. “If a senior doesn’t have anyone in the city or their family can’t get away from work then often a cab is their only option of a way home from the hospital.”

A nurse practitioner will visit a senior in-home within 72 hours of being discharged, if required, to assess the client and ensure any medical issues are being tended to.

The non-medical in-home care will also shop for groceries or medications, conduct a safety check of the home to prepare for occupancy, light housekeeping and meal preparation. A family contact will also be called to receive an update on their loved one.