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Are You REALLY Ready to Head Home After A Hospital Stay?

The following questions are designed to help you decide whether returning home is the correct next step in your recovery after a hospital stay. If you have answered “no” to any of the following questions, you may want to consider post-hospital rehabilitation to help ensure you have returned to your highest level of independence.

  • Can I navigate stairs safely?
  • Can I prepare meals?
  • Can I dress myself?
  • Can I clean my home without assistance?
  • Can I bathe myself?
  • Can I participate in the activities I previously enjoyed?
  • Can I get to the store and run errands independently?
  • Is there someone available to help you with tasks if you need assistance?
  • Can you manage your medication, care needs and rehabilitation alone?
  • Are you able to lift pots and pans, laundry baskets, etc.?
  • Can you return to work?
  • Do you need any assistive devices or medical equipment?
  • Is your home safe in your current condition? Do modifications need to be made?
  • Are you able to manage dietary needs without assistance?
  • Do you understand your rehabilitation plan?
  • Is it safe for you to be left alone?
  • Are you able to get yourself to follow-up doctor appointments?
  • Do you have enough information to confidently handle your care?
  • Can you get in and out of a vehicle with little or no assistance?
  • If you go home, will you have the resources needed to maintain your current health status?


Heartland and ManorCare skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers provide a comprehensive regimen of specialized services, each one designed to help patients move through their recovery goals and help them feel confident and independent once they return home and back to their active life. Our team will be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can help make the transition to post-acute care as smooth as possible. Please find a location near you to schedule a tour or to meet with one of our liaisons.


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