Acute Care Transitions

During a hospital admission, you’re at your most vulnerable. Yet, care systems often fail to ensure that you and your caregivers are successful during the critical transition from institution to home. Do you understand your discharge directions? Do you have transportation to follow-up appointments? Are you familiar with community programs and services available to help you?

Direction Home Akron Canton's Acute Care Transitions (ACT) program bridges the gap between patients and providers by focusing on the care transition between the hospital and home. Our goal is two-fold:

  • To improve patient care and understanding during a hospital-to-home transition
  • To prevent potentially avoidable hospital readmissions

ACT Has Proven Success

Since 2012, 27,000+ patients have participated in the ACT program, resulting in 25.4 percent fewer hospital readmissions for ACT participants than relative matched comparisons. The program has helped reduce 30-day hospital readmissions from 19.6 percent in 2010 to 11.7 percent in 2016. The ACT program has also saved area hospitals nearly $2 million in readmission costs.

Partner With ACT

Direction Home Akron Canton is proud to offer the ACT program in 12 area hospitals. You can become an ACT partner today and start saving money and improving your patients’ transitions. ACT offers a variety of services, including readmission risk assessments, bedside coaching, home safety checks, medication reconciliation and more.


For more information on offering the ACT program in your facility, contact Laura Villwock at 330.896.9172, ext. 5337. If you’re in need of ACT transition services, call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 877.770.5558.