• I worked once in an inpatient post-acute rehabilitation service that had developed an excellent model of staggered discharge. As people receiving rehabilitation progressed through the program they were increasingly supported to move back into the community. This would start with short trips, followed as appropriate by whole days, gradually moving to overnight stays and then more than one day at a time, until eventually they were ready for full discharge. Their rehabilitation support would then be fully handed over to the community based team, who had begun to work with them as well during this process. At the time I joined this service, the funders had noted that bed occupancy rates were below their target. Pressure was being applied to the service to increase occupancy rates, which primarily required us to pull back from this best practice approach, to focus on providing rehabilitation that resulted in our patients being back in their hospital beds at the end of the day... Read more »

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Rehabilitation conference logoThe 2009 Rehabilitation Conference will be held in Queenstown on 21–25 July. More about the conference.