CareOne Transitional Care Program In Sync With New AARP Proposed Legislation
The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act, new NJ legislation proposed by AARP, seeks to create a standardized method for all hospitals to prepare unpaid family caregivers for their post-discharge responsibilities. CareOne’s Transitional Care Program, developed in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, already provides these services.
Fort Lee, NJ — June 17, 2014 — CareOne’s Transitional Care Program, developed in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, is already providing the services outlined in AARP’s new proposed legislation, The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act. The goal of the program is to improve patient outcomes, increase their confidence in managing their illnesses, and to maximize communication between the patient, their caregivers, and all of their healthcare providers. CareOne centers are the only rehabilitation centers that provide this vital service.
The program offers Care Navigator Services to both patients and their families and provides them with a go-to person who can address all of their questions and needs. Care Navigators are registered nurses dedicated to guiding and educating patients and their loved ones through the patient’s entire healthcare experience, beginning at the hospital. Care Navigators continue to follow the patient throughout their rehabilitation stay at CareOne, and even after the transition from CareOne to home to ensure that the patient remains in good health. The Transitional Care Program focuses on three main areas:
- Patient and Family Education
- Medication Reconciliation
- Keeping a Personal Health Record (PHR)
Through patient and family education, Care Navigators empower patients and their families in self-management of their chronic diseases and provide vital information on medication management, the importance of making follow up medical appointments (and even make appointments for the patient before they return home), and recognizing the “red flags” of the patient’s condition. “Having a go-to person is important for patients and families. It eases the process for them and helps them transition successfully through the different stages of healthcare,” said Serena Juliano RN, BSN, CareOne’s Director of Care Navigation.
CareOne is a true extension of the hospital with skilled expertise in 23 sub-acute care centers and 3 LTACH’s (Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals) in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.care-one.com.