Thanks to Caulfield Hospital’s Better@Home program, George was able to complete his rehabilitation from a stroke in the comfort of his own home.
The Better@Home program aims to help discharge patients from hospital earlier and support them to achieve their rehabilitation goals at home.
With COVID-19 presenting additional challenges, such as the need to keep non-critical patients out of hospital, George and Jenny were happy they could still see the Alfred Health staff they needed to see, but from their home environment.
“I’ve been receiving visits from a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and have had speech pathology,” George said. “Sometimes it has been every day so it’s been quite intensive.”
After a couple of weeks in hospital, George was happy he could continue his rehabilitation from somewhere he was more accustomed to. Things such as being able to enjoy a cup of tea in his own bed have made a positive difference.
Jenny agreed. She said having her husband at home meant less stress for her, and fewer worries about how George was going overnight.
As well as home visits, George had speech pathology appointments conducted via telehealth.
“We’ve loved it. It’s the first time we’ve done it but telehealth has been perfect,” George said. Jenny added doing telehealth on their computer had been easy with no technology issues.
Overall, George was happy to give home-based care his seal of approval. “I’d definitely recommend it.”