Due primarily to insurance coverage and cost issues, many surgical patients today have to leave the hospital before they are fully healed and ready to return home. Fortunately, post-hospital care provides an excellent, cost-effective solution by providing patients with the quality of care, professional expertise and time they need to recover properly and completely before going home.

According to the American Hospital Association, research shows that patients who receive post-hospital care – also called post-acute care – following a major health event such as surgery see greater and more rapid clinical improvements compared to patients discharged to their homes without follow-up. Additionally, post-hospital care services are typically covered by Medicare and other public and private insurance companies.

Kristi Dougherty, RN, BSN, MSM, MBA Administrator of Vernon Manor Health Care Center, says, “Many of the people we serve today in post-hospital care are surgery patients. Although our specialty is in helping these patients to recover quickly and fully after their surgeries, we believe it is also important for them to understand the beneficial things they can do before their surgery. In fact, there are several recommended steps that patients can take prior to their surgery that can help them to achieve the best possible surgical outcomes and a speedy recovery afterwards.”

Surgery experts such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and other surgical professionals agree that planning ahead for your surgery, rehabilitation and recovery will help to ensure the most successful results. They recommend that you:

Ask Questions About Your Procedure

Don’t be shy. Take the time to understand all aspects of your upcoming surgery. Be sure to talk with your doctor so you know what to expect before, during and after surgery. You might want to discuss the following areas of your care:

• What is the process for being admitted to the hospital?
• What type of anesthesia will I receive?
• How long will my surgery take?
• How will my pain be managed after surgery?
• How long will I stay in the hospital?
• How long will my recovery take?
• What will my post-surgery care entail after I leave the hospital?

You should always feel free to speak up if you do not understand something about your treatment.

Note: If you will require post-hospital care, it is wise to plan ahead and be confident that you are selecting a high quality provider with the professional staff, services and patient outcomes that will be most beneficial to your recovery.

Gather Your Insurance, Personal and Medical Information Ahead of Time

Take some time before your surgery date to assemble all the important information you will need for your surgery. These items typically include:

• Your insurance coverage
• Current medical conditions and medications
• Allergies, including food allergies
• Dietary restrictions
• Medical history
• Legal arrangements such as your Advanced Medical Directives and Power of Attorney
• Names, addresses and phone numbers for all of your doctors
• The name and phone number of the family member or friend who will accompany you for your surgery

This information is usually necessary to meet today’s quality assurance and medical insurance guidelines. Thus, preparing this information ahead of time will help to save time at the hospital and assure that your healthcare team has all the important details they need for a successful surgery.

Be as Healthy and Fit as Possible for Your Surgery

Arriving for your surgery in good physical condition is also very important for a good surgical result and rapid recovery. Getting in the best physical shape possible before surgery can lessen the chance for complications and shorten your recovery time. Therefore:

• If you currently smoke, cut down or quit. Smoking affects blood circulation, delays healing and slows recovery.
• Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.
• If you drink, do not consume any alcohol for at least 48 hours before surgery.
• If you use any other types of controlled substances, tell your doctor. Certain drugs can cause complications and affect your surgery.
• Ask your doctor about exercises you can do before surgery. For example, if you are having a hip or knee replacement, strengthening your upper body will make it easier to use crutches or a walker while you recover after surgery.

Experience State-of-the-Art Post-Hospital Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care at Its Best

Located in Vernon, CT, Vernon Manor Health Care Center has proudly served the communities of Hartford and Tolland Counties for nearly 40 years, earning a highly respected reputation for delivering outstanding quality care, successful outcomes and exceptional service for our patients, residents and their families. We provide a proven rehabilitation program to enable patients to continue on their path to recovery as well as compassionate long-term care for loved ones who require 24-hour nursing support.

Rebuild. Recover. Renew.

Where you choose to recover after a hospital stay can make all the difference in your recovery. Vernon Manor’s Recover Right Post-Hospital Rehabilitation Program blends beautifully appointed surroundings, hotel-style amenities, a team of caring, experienced and compassionate professionals and the latest in technology, to provide individuals with a variety of conditions and needs with the finest in care, comfort and measurable results.

Uncompromising Care for Residents. Peace of Mind for Families.

Vernon Manor’s long-term care community offers personalized and comprehensive nursing services, rehabilitation, activities and gracious amenities in a warm, engaging atmosphere. We provide residents with the care they need and the beautifully appointed, welcoming setting they deserve. Our residents are treated with respect and dignity and are always at the center of care. Everything we do revolves around their comfort and wellbeing

For more information on Recover Right Post-Hospital Rehabilitation or long-term care – or to schedule an informative tour at your convenience – please contact our Director of Admissions at (860) 858-5010.