Post-institutional care: key to comprehensive rehabilitation

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Comprehensive rehabilitation of the ostomate involves much more than institutionalized care. Patients are not rehabilitated in institutions, but rather are rehabilitated truly when they can function to their maximum potential as part of their home, family and community.

In many cases, it is the responsibility of the nurse to determine whether the ostomate, with or without family help, can function to his maximum potential after leaving the institution. For the patient who cannot, there are a variety of home care services available.

Many patients can benefit from professional care after a hospital discharge. Trying to adapt to serious illness, disease, or disability is a difficult task for anyone regardless of educational, social, or economic background.

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