Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Teach the family to check for skin breakdown and the development of contractures and to take appropriate preventative measures. Be sure the family performs frequent range-of-motion activities, as taught in the rehabilitation unit. Advise the family whom to call in an emergency. Be sure that the patient and family understand the importance of maintaining the mobility and self-care routine developed in the rehabilitation unit. Be sure that the social worker or rehabilitation personnel have provided the family with a list of resources for in-home care. Determine whether a home care agency will be providing in-home supervision and ongoing physical therapy support. Advise the family how to seek ongoing support for home maintenance.

On-line Support Groups

American Stroke Association

http://www.strokeassociation.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier= 1200037 National Stroke Association

http://www.stroke.org/HomePage.aspx?P=b3c79e0d0cdd4c89946326be98d8af67&PopUp=1

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

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