Welcome to our Senior Care page. We hope this information helps answer any questions that you may have. When developing this resource guide, we focused on the barriers and obstacles that you may be encountering when managing your own health within the healthcare system. Whether you are struggling with physician appointments, functional mobility changes, medication management, diet and nutrition or caregiver assistance, we hope that this tool helps you get through the next steps you need to take.
In order to manage your own healthcare, you need to have a Primary Care Physician that you visit for your annual exams and consult with when you have questions or concerns regarding your general health. To find a physician affiliated with Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, please visit our web directory or call our Physician Referral line at (877) 888-5746.
Being able to effectively communicate with your Physician is important. Having good care notes can help. Any change in your routine should be communicated with a physician. See the Care Questionnaire to identify pertinent changes.
In addition, whether attending a routine visit, seeking assistance through our Emergency Room, or transitioning from one-level of care to another, having a list of your home medications can help to ensure that you receive the right medical treatment. Download the American Heart Association’s, Medicine Chart to help you track all of your medications.
While we can be pro-active about our health, some conditions are not entirely preventable. If you or your loved one is hospitalized, then we want to be able to assist you with the process of transitioning from your acute hospitalization to the next care step along the health continuum.
Post Care Unit
There are several levels of care that can be presented after an acute hospital stay. Deciding which level is appropriate for you or your loved one depends on the care team, which is comprised of Physicians, Nurses, Case Managers, Nutritionists and Therapists.
Acute Rehab or an Inpatient Rehab Facility is a care setting that is focused on helping patients achieve their best possible outcome.
Our Acute Rehab/Inpatient Rehab unit features a physician-directed team of rehabilitation specialists working together to help each patient reach their optimal results with three hours of therapy, 5-7 days a week. Patients stay in the facility for approximately 2 weeks. During that time, each patient and their care coordinator or family members are educated on how to adapt to new challenges with function and are given treatment plans that prepare for their continued care once they are discharged to the home setting.
The team includes:
- Rehabilitation Nursing
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Case Manager
- Social Worker
Acute Rehab/Inpatient Rehab Unit Contact Information
Intake Coordinator: (805) 370-4045
Our Intake Coordinator will address any questions you may have about the unit and the services that are provided.
In order for a patient to be eligible for admission, a patient must:
- Be medically stable and have potential to participate in at least 3 hours of therapy daily
- Need 2 disciplines for therapy: Physical, occupational, or speech
- Follow directions more than 50% of the time to allow for participation
- Require medical intervention that necessitates 24 hour nursing care
- Have a discharge plan with family or a supportive network system
Rehab services at a skilled unit are more variable than those provided at an acute inpatient rehab unit. Skilled units are more focused on rehabilitation needs, where traditional nursing homes focus on residential care. Fewer hours of therapy are provided, and overall the therapy is less intense, but for some patients, this is an appropriate setting based on their current physical abilities.
We here at Los Robles want to be a resource when you or your loved ones notice changes in your daily routines.
If it is getting difficult to shower or take care of self-care needs such as toileting, it might be beneficial to have a paid caregiver in the home. Caregiver agencies will help you plan how many hours per day are needed and will work within your budget. And if you and your loved ones decide 24/7 care is necessary, they can help you with that as well.
Home health services might also be an option. Home health can consist of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and at times, a bath aide. A physician must write orders for home health and the services will be delivered approximately 2-3 times per week by each discipline or service that is ordered.
Meals on Wheels
An integral part of healthy living is diet. Meals on Wheels can provide meals for those unable to leave the house to shop for themselves. For those who do have family or friends to assist with meal preparation, you will find diet tips on meal preparation for specific diets.
Transportation to and from Physician appointments is an integral part in keeping you and your loved ones healthy. If driving is no longer an option, there are multiple companies that can be used for a modest out-of-pocket cost.
Socialization is important for our senior population. There are programs in our community that focus on social, spiritual and recreational needs. Senior Concerns offers resources and adult day programs.