How Do I Make the Transition?
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How Do I Make the Transition?

Support and Care for Your Journey

Change is rarely easy, and we know there’s fear and uncertainty when it comes to health issues. We’ve created this guide, along with our FAQs, to help give you answers and the confidence you want for every step of your journey.


Transition Guide

We understand this can be a hard decision for you and your loved one. To help make the transition easier, have a discussion with your loved one about what’s important to them in a community. For example:

  • Is it close to home?
  • What are the food options?
  • How independent can they be in the community?
  • Will they make friends?
  • Will they be active?
  • When is visitation?

After that, you should tour different communities and ask the questions listed in our FAQ.

Once you’ve chosen a community, make your loved one’s room as comfortable and homey as possible. Having a “home-warming” party in their new community can also be a fun, positive way to make everyone comfortable with the transition.

Introduce yourself and your loved one to team members and talk about your loved one’s specific needs, personality, likes, and dislikes.

Finally, visit often and take care of yourself too!

If it’s your first time going to a skilled nursing community, the transition process can be confusing. To make your transition as easy as possible:

  1. Talk to your doctor about the kind of care you need after you’re discharged from the hospital.
  2. Clarify your state of health and the things you’re able to do.
  3. Review what medications you will need to take.
  4. Select a community that is near your caregiver and/or doctor.
  5. Talk to a social worker to get referrals.

Once you find a community, notify your case manager.

Transitioning to long-term care for the first time can be confusing. Here are some tips to help make your transition as easy as possible:

  1. Talk to your doctor about the kind of care you need after you’re discharged from the hospital.
  2. Clarify your state of health and the things you’re able to do.
  3. Review what medications you will need to take.
  4. Select a community that is near your caregiver and/or doctor.
  5. Talk to a social worker to get referrals.

Once you find a community, notify your case manager.

Things you should bring with you:
  • All insurance coverage cards
  • Medicare/Medicaid cards
  • Form of identification
  • POA (Power of Attorney) documents
  • Social Security card
Things to make your stay more comfortable:
  • Comfortable clothing to last at least 7-10 days
  • A pair of non-skid, comfortable shoes
  • Clothes to sleep in and a robe
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, denture caps
  • Comb, brush, deodorant, and other personal toiletries
  • Hearing aid, eyeglasses, and eyeglass case
  • Personal items such as family photos and reading materials
  • Radio
  • Cell phone, small television (if a television isn’t provided)
Things to leave at home:
  • Jewelry and valuables
  • Large amounts of money
  • Purses and wallets
  • Electrical items, including extension cords, space heaters, and electric blankets
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