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Transitional Care Specialist

Golden Oak Medicine -  - Geriatrics

Golden Oak Medicine

Geriatrics & Adult Medicine located in Asheville, NC

Moving on from the hospital to your home can be challenging, and you might need some extra help. At Golden Oak Medicine in Asheville, North Carolina, Kate Marshall, MD, Golnosh Sharafsaleh, MD, MS, AGSF, FAAFP, and their team offer comprehensive transitional care services to ensure you have all the support you need to recover from your injury or illness. To find out how transitional care could help your recovery, call Golden Oak Medicine or book an appointment online today.

Transitional Care Q&A

What is transitional care?

Transitional care provides support for patients moving between health care settings and their homes. The team at Golden Oak Medicine offers a range of transitional care services for patients, depending on their needs.

If you’re in an Asheville hospital, the team coordinates your care with the staff and often visits patients during their stay. The Golden Oak Medicine team also understands that patients value having the ability to live at home for as long as they can.

Your provider makes every effort to help you stay at home. They can provide assistance with arranging home caretakers or home nursing if you need these services in the short-term after an acute illness, as well as offering longer-term care if you have an ongoing need.  

Why might I need transitional care? 

Transitional care might be necessary if you’re well enough to leave the hospital, but you can’t manage at home without some help.

That might be because you’re weak after being sick or having surgery. It could be because you aren’t mobile enough to take care of yourself, or you might already have needed a degree of care before going into the hospital.

Golden Oak Medicine ensures you benefit from a continuity of care that helps you get back on your feet. The team can also help prepare you for a life in a new environment like a nursing home if you’re unable to go back where you used to live.

What might transitional care involve?

You might need transitional care services such as:

  • Help with personal care – washing, toileting, and dressing
  • Assistance getting in and out of bed or moving around
  • Changing of dressings
  • Help cooking and preparing meals
  • Assisting with physical therapy
  • Helping your rehabilitation with occupational therapy
  • Managing your medications
  • Running tests to check your progress
  • Providing information and education
  • Counseling

The type of transitional care you require varies depending on the reasons you need extra help. Whatever type of transitional care you need, the Golden Oak Medicine team liaises with the right people to provide the treatment you require.

For instance, you might need a home care professional, a physical or occupational therapist, a nurse, a doctor, or a combination of experts to optimize your recovery.

To find out more about transitional care and how you or a loved one could benefit from this service, call Golden Oak Medicine or book an appointment online today.