Admit from Home 101

Admit from Home 101

The winter season is upon us and icy conditions increase the risk of injuries from slips and trips. This risk increases for people who are experiencing declining mobility, balance and strength due to illness, injury or ill health. We sat down with Tina McCarthy RN, BSN,CPC, Executive Director Physician Relations and Marketing to talk about a special program that can help.

Tina, tell us about Admit from Home. How did it get started?

The program started a several years ago after we saw a rise in the number of patients being admitted to our rehab hospitals after an injury following a fall or generalized weakness from a medical condition. For these patients, balance deficits, slips, falls and impaired mobility often meant a stay in an acute hospital and a lengthy recovery before they could return home. We evaluated the root cause of injuries and illnesses, and identified if we could improve the patient’s strength, balance and overall mobility, we could prevent some of these falls and injuries from happening. The patient gets to stay in their own home and the family gets peace of mind knowing that their loved one is safer at home.

So how does the Admit from Home program work?

Admit from Home is essentially a fast-track program for patients who are experiencing declining mobility and functionality at home. It begins with an at-home assessment by a Registered Nurse or Therapist who will work with the patient and family to evaluate their needs and determine the most appropriate level of care. For many patients that means a short term stay in one of our Inpatient Rehab Hospitals in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre. During that stay, our experienced therapists and nurses work with the patient to identify and address weaknesses, whether that’s a general goal of improving balance, or a more specific goal of being able to safely navigate stairs or other obstacles in the home. Our specialized therapists help patients improve balance, decrease dizziness, improve strength, minimize falls and possibly reduce the need for medications and hospitalization.

Who is Admit from Home suited to?

Really, the program may be beneficial for anyone who is declining with mobility and does not require admission for an acute hospital stay. Some of the conditions we have treated through Admit from Home include:

  • Fractures
  • Pneumonia
  • Balance deficits
  • Vertigo
  • Gait dysfunction
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Post surgery
  • Frequent falls

What happens when it’s time to return home?

An inpatient rehab stay can help patient regain and maximize their functionality. Our goals include fall prevention, gait training and improve overall strengthening to maximize function. However, when patients are able to safely return home, we want to ensure that they can remain at home safely. Patients discharged from Allied Services Admit from Home Program receive an individualized exercise regimen designed to improve balance and strength with a renewed self-reliance and a feeling of independence. Our clinicians and staff will include family and caretakers in education around discharge needs, available resources and how to address safety concerns in the home.

Start your Admit from Home referral today.

Getting started is easy. Simply contact our Admit from Home representatives to start the conversation.

Wilkes-Barre: Tina McCarthy, RN, BSN, CPC. Call 570-830-8928

Scranton: Kathy Stella, RN, CRRN. Call 570-341-4365