LACONIA — Health care continues to change at a rapid rate in this country and that can make it challenging for you, the patient and consumer. As hospitals continue to upgrade their medical records to more sophisticated electronic systems, we need to be willing to learn how those new systems can benefit us. Doing so will allow us to be better advocates for our own health care. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice can help you with this advocacy.
Many of the residents within our service area communities seek medical care from hospitals throughout New Hampshire and from several medical facilities in the Boston area. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has recently signed on with a new technology that Concord Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital is using that will help you, the patient, as you move from these hospitals back to your home.
Helpful and easy, Silver Search is a tablet application that hospital staff use to help patients transition to the kind of care they will need when they are discharged. The Silver Search application allows you to search for enrolled post-acute care providers (long-term facilities, rehab facilities, skilled nursing facilities or home care agencies) based on the specialized care that you need. Once you select your preferred home town provider listed by zip code on the tablet, you are able to see how that provider is quality rated by Medicare. The tablet even allows information to be emailed to friends and family members so that they can help you choose a transitional care provider. You can be assured that you can choose to transition to home from an out of area hospital using Silver Search and access the care of a community home care agency like Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. You can also be assured that your participation in your care planning will help you be more confident and less apprehensive about your transition which will contribute to your success once you are home.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is participating in this technology because it makes provision for patient choice. If the level of care needed upon discharge happens to be Home Care or Hospice services, we want the members of our community to know that we are here to provide the high quality, post-acute skilled care services necessary for your recovery.