When you or a loved one leaves a hospital or a nursing and rehabilitation center, recovery does not end, it is just beginning. Here are five things to keep in mind as a patient or a family member during this critical time of healing.
Plan for Your Hospital Discharge in Advance.
Hospitals offer valuable discharge planning resources and dedicated staff members to help patients and their families plan for the move home. Make sure to ask as many questions you can about your illness, the medicines you will be taking and how they might interact with other medications or supplements you are used to taking. If you will have follow-up appointments, preplan how you will get to them if you aren’t able to drive yourself. There are agencies in the community that can help. If you require more care in the home from a family caregiver, does that person understand the demands of the position and feel prepared to take on the responsibility? For a full checklist of items to consider before discharge, visit:
Prepare Your Home.
If your illness requires accommodations to be made at home, like installing a ramp for a wheelchair or removing obstacles that may make it difficult to walk, make sure you know beforehand so you can ask family or friends for help to make these changes.
If you have questions about your healthcare care needs, call 1.866.KINDRED to speak with one of our Registered Nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
I would like to thank the nurses for their attention to my medical needs after surgery and discharge to home care. I especially want to thank Dianna for the weekend care that I received from her. I crrtainly would recommend them to others that require home care.
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