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The Road to Healthcare Recovery Often Needs Continuing Care

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A SDLV Health Report

Betty knew immediately that something was wrong. She told her husband to call for an ambulance. The emergency staff determined that Betty had suffered a stroke. She was admitted to the hospital where she stayed for several days.

When it came time for Betty to be discharged, the hospital staff knew she required continued care to recover completely. They developed a care plan for Betty to ensure her medical needs would be met, so she could make the quickest transition from the traditional hospital to home. This care plan introduced Betty to the healthcare continuum, a concept long advocated but only recently achieved.

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Betty’s plan of care determined that the most appropriate setting after her hospital stay was the Transitional Care Center in Kindred Hospital Las Vegas – Flamingo. The healthcare providers at Kindred offer the variety of nursing and rehabilitative services required to assist her in recovery from her stroke.

“Our goal is to help patients achieve positive outcomes, regain function and safely return home as quickly as their recovery allows, “ explained Esteban Duran-Ballen, Executive Director. “Our services include physical, occupational and speech-language therapy as well as skilled nursing and specialized short-term rehabilitative programs.”

“The transition-to-home plan begins upon admission,” Duran-Ballen stated. The typical stay at Kindred’s Transitional Care Center can last from several days to several weeks, depending on a patient’s specific needs.

Kindred’s Transitional Care Centers provide care for many clinically complex patients across the country. In addition to post-stroke recovery, treatment is offered for a variety of medical conditions including congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pneumonia episodes, neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, cardiac conditions, wound care, uncontrolled diabetes and hip, knee or joint repair/replacement.

When Betty had rehabilitated enough to safely go home, her care team determined that it would be best to continue with nursing care and therapy in the home–with Kindred at Home services, and her plan of care went with her.

“Our expertise across the post-acute spectrum allows us to help people like Betty recover to her fullest extent by providing the right care at the right time,” Duran-Ballen stated.

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Kindred offers services and points of care that span the post-acute care continuum through transitional care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, sub-acute units, nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities and homecare and hospice. Kindred’s expertise in the post-acute spectrum allows helps patients recover to the fullest extent by providing care in the proper setting.

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For additional information, visit these web sites:

stories.continuethecare.com/ for more stories

www.kindredlasvegas.com  for more information on Continuing the Care

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