Transition Support Programs Assist Patients and Families in the Return to Home
Laura O’Pry, RN, BSN, CCM, CRRN, manager for the Transition Support Program, joins Picking Our Brain with Shepherd Center
The transition back home following rehabilitation is a major step—for both the patient and their caregivers. At Shepherd Center, the Transition Support Program prevents rehospitalization, improves health and safety outcomes and promotes patient and family autonomy once the patient is discharged from Shepherd Center.
Laura O’Pry, RN, BSN, CCM, CRRN, manager for the Transition Support Program, joins Picking Our Brain with Shepherd Center for a new podcast episode discussing the support and resources available to patients, their families and caregivers after rehabilitation.
Download the podcast as an audio file above, or access it at shepherd.org/podcasts.
“Once our patients come to Shepherd, they can receive weeks to months of really intensive rehab. And of course, once they go home, we want to keep them at home,” O’Pry says. “We want to keep them safe, so we do everything we can possibly do to prevent them from ending back up in the hospital.”
O’Pry has more than 13 years of experience working in both brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. She continues to work both in the inpatient and outpatient settings, while assisting patients with community re-entry. Her current position includes supervision of transitional support case management, life skills training, peer support programs and vocational rehabilitation services. These departments work together collectively to maximize client and family independence and autonomy by providing education, guidance and support upon discharge home to improve health and safety outcomes, ultimately preventing unnecessary rehospitalization.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 743 inpatients, 277 day program patients and more than 7,161 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.