Asking the right questions for your recovery
When preparing for rehabilitation, it’s important to ask your provider about the experience of the team, the availability of medical professionals, and their overall approach to care. But what happens once your stay is complete? What questions should you ask to ensure your continued recovery?
Tallgrass Creek is a continuing care retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas. Senior-focused rehabilitation is their specialty. They recommend asking these four critical questions before you head home.
1. What can I do to manage my health?
Ask your care team to thoroughly educate you about your condition and recommend any necessary exercises, dietary changes, home enhancements, or medical equipment. A provider like Tallgrass Creek can alert you as to what problems you should look for, and what to do if they occur.
2. What’s the best setting for my recovery?
Sometimes, going home right away isn’t the best or safest solution. You may benefit from staying with a family member, or receiving additional support in a long-term care setting. Have an honest conversation with your team regarding your living situation and your current abilities. If necessarily, your provider can help you find experienced in-home care professionals, as well as long-term options.
3. What medications should I take?
Carefully review your medications with your care team. This includes prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, as well as vitamins and herbal supplements. Make sure that you thoroughly understand your dosage, directions, and any potential interactions or side effects. If you’re receiving assistance from a family member, it may be wise to include them in this conversation.
4. When should I ask for help?
Often, recovery takes time and patience. Ask your provider if it’s safe to complete activities like bathing, cooking, or driving on your own. If you need a little more time, don’t worry. Recovery is a marathon, not a race. Ask about the many in-home and long-term support options available to you.
It’s equally important to have an honest conversation with your loved ones about any assistance that you may need. Together, decide who your primary contact will be and how they can help you—whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, help with housework, or assistance with dressing and bathing. Be as specific as possible, so that you both know what to expect.
Learn more about rehabilitation at Tallgrass Creek. Call 1-800-585-0738 for your free brochure. For a limited time, we’ll also include our “Healing at Home” checklist.
Your Tallgrass Creek Medical Director
Denise Zwahlen, M.D.
Dr. Zwahlen received both her bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed residencies in family medicine at Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania and Truman Medical Center East in Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Zwahlen is board-certified in family medicine with added qualifications in geriatric medicine;
she trained at the geriatric fellowship program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
13800 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas 66223