Spouse giving care to his wife during her stay in inpatient rehabilitation.If your spouse has suffered a health setback that has led them to post-hospital rehab, you may be wondering what you can do to boost their spirits. Here are three ideas for providing emotional support for your spouse during their rehabilitation and recovery journey.

spouse in rehabYou’ve successfully gotten your spouse through their surgery and have helped them make the transition to an inpatient post-hospital rehabilitation center for their recovery. Do you know what’s coming next?

Here’s what you can expect during their stay at the rehab center and the transition home, as well as tips and advice to make the most out of the process.

hospital gift ideas for seniorsIf your friend or family member is in the hospital, it’s natural to want to bring them something when you visit. However, how do you know what gift will be appropriate and appreciated?

To help you out, here are some hospital gift ideas (that aren’t flowers!) that are perfect for older adults.

helping senior with laundryDear Elonda,

My mom has been living at home by herself since my dad passed away three years ago. She was doing okay at first but now she seems to be slowing down a bit.

To help her, I go over once or twice a week to do yard work, help with laundry, go grocery shopping for her—anything she needs done. I live nearby so it’s not too difficult to make the trip, although sometimes it’s hard to find a free moment.

post hospital rehab insuranceDear Kristen,

My father was recently hospitalized for a broken hip. Dad’s doctor told us that he’ll need post-hospital rehab following his stay to help him get back on his feet.

Now we’re trying to figure out how (or even if) the rehab will be covered by his insurance, but it’s been really confusing trying to sort through what’s covered and what’s not. Can you give me any info on how insurance works for rehabilitation after a hospital stay?

medicare and medicaidWe hear it a lot—“what’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?”

The confusion is natural. If you don’t have any experience with either program, it’s easy to get the two mixed up.

To help clear things up, let’s go over the basics of Medicare and Medicaid, who’s eligible for each program, examples of what each covers and how the two can work together for Ohio seniors.

visiting loved one long term careMany adult children with parents in a long-term care community worry that they aren’t visiting enough.

Do you feel this way, too? It’s difficult, but don’t let the feeling of guilt overtake you. Cut yourself some slack—you have many other demands on your time: a career, friends, children of your own, community commitments and more. 

rehab caregiverWhen a patient is discharged from a hospital stay, it’s not unusual for them to need inpatient rehab services to continue their recovery. If this is the case for your parent or spouse, you may have questions about what to expect during the rehab process, as well as how family and patient communication will be handled.

rehab and physical therapyWhen someone is staying at an inpatient rehab center, it’s natural for their loved ones to want to be kept in the loop and informed of their parent’s or loved one’s progress. Family communication at a physical therapy center is a vital part of the healing process. A good rehab center will make sure it’s easy for you to remain involved.