Admit from Home 101: prevent injury and hospitalization

Admit from Home 101: prevent injury and hospitalization

Winter is upon us, and icy conditions increase the risk of injuries from slips and trips. This risk increases for people experiencing declining mobility, balance, and strength due to illness, injury, or ill health. One program at Allied Services aims to prevent injuries and hospitalization. Learn how the Admit from Home program is helping more people remain in their homes.

What is the purpose of the Admit from Home program?

The program was founded after a rise in patients being admitted to inpatient rehab hospitals after an injury, following a fall, or after generalized weakness from a medical condition. For these patients, a lack of mobility, balance, or strength quickly leads to a fall, injury, and lengthy stay in an acute care hospital.

Our rehabilitation specialists knew that an intensive period of physical therapy could help to prevent many of these injuries and hospitalizations. The goal was to get patients the help they needed before an injury occurred, allowing them to stay safe at home.

The Admit from Home program was designed to give patients access to the proper level of care - inpatient rehabilitation - before, rather than after they were admitted to the hospital.

How does the Admit from Home program work?

Admit from Home is a fast-track program for patients 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 navigating stairs or other obstacles in the home safely. 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?

The program may benefit 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 the following:

  • 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 patients regain and maximize their functionality. Our goals include fall prevention, gait training, and improving overall strengthening to maximize function. However, when patients can 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 renewed self-reliance and 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.

Learn more about the program here. 

Start Your Referral

To get started on your referral call Kathy Stella, RN, CRRN, Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Case Management on the Admit from Home Hotline at 570-341-4365. To be contacted directly by our admissions professionals, please complete the short inquiry form below.