Rehabilitation of patients with lacunar stroke in short-stay units: a vision for the future of high-quality and affordable care
A new provision for these patients is being launched in the form of short-term limited rehabilitation in a nursing home (WZC Ter Meeren). A new (transmural) care structure will be set up for this consisting of education, follow-up, and evaluation by various care providers, paramedics, and physicians. New interactive platforms and communication resources will be used. Following this rehabilitation, a patient evaluation will determine if it is possible for the patient to return home, if longer-term admission to a nursing home must be arranged, or if the patient is eligible for further rehabilitation.
The project was started by UH Leuven in close collaboration with the IT services of the same hospital, with Cubigo as an additional partner. UH Leuven has years of experience working with an interdisciplinary team in the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients. Due to the ageing of the population, the hospital is working on new initiatives that can help keep the costs of healthcare under control without a decrease in the quality of care and services. Cubigo is a partner with the objective of helping the elderly remain active in their own environment and encouraging them to take an active role in their care structure. The elderly themselves as well as the family, care providers, and the social environment are all deeply involved. In this project, patients will be offered a care plan in the Ter Meeren nursing home, where, preferably, the family is also actively involved.
We hope that this initiative is the start of a new care protocol that can also be applied to other target groups that are currently often hospitalized for long periods of time, but could also benefit from this innovative approach.