Oftentimes a client will come for an assessment and will need to be referred out of Lifeway to a higher level of care. When the plan is to return to Lifeway upon discharge from the treatment facility, communication and coordination with the client, family, and facility treatment team throughout the course of treatment is imperative.
When a client is in an inpatient or residential setting it provides a perfect opportunity for family members to begin their own healing. Family members should attend weekly staff-led family support meetings in order to gain a better understanding of the disease, how to deal with it and best support treatment outcomes.
If a client returns home and the family system is not understanding, supportive, or healthy, any progress the recoveree made while in residential will rapidly deteriorate. Getting the family connected as soon as possible with APG meetings, a facilitator, parent coordinator, and an alumni family is key to continuing recovery momentum and setting up a client to have the best chances at success.
An inpatient admission also provides the opportunity for rapport building between the client and the Lifeway staff. Open communication with the clinicians at the treating facility, visits with the client, and participation in discharge planning meetings are key to making that happen. Below is a sample flow that includes time frames for contacts when a client is referred to another facility for treatment. (i.e. detox, residential, or inpatient, when the plan is for the client to return to Lifeway upon discharge.)
If you believe your loved one may be in need of a higher level of care, give us a call at (713) 459-9427 and we’ll walk through the process with you every step of the way.