Elder Care in Mercer, PA: Preparing For A Hospital Stay

Your loved one probably doesn’t enjoy the thought of a hospital stay, but sometimes it is necessary for tests or surgery. She will need some peaceful recovery time when she returns home; it would be a good time to arrange for some home care for the elderly.

The entire hospital experience goes a lot smoother if she is prepared. Here is a list of essential to arrive at the hospital with:

  • Her patient record, medical forms or whatever paperwork was given by the doctor.
  • A list of her doctors’ names and their phone numbers and contact information.
  • Socks and slippers.
  • Elder Care in Mercer, PANotepad and pen so she can write down any questions she wants to ask the doctor or nurse so she doesn’t forget.
  • Bathrobe or other type of sweater or cardigan that easily undoes at the front.
  • Glasses, dentures, hearing aids and that sort of thing. Extra batteries if needed.
  • Phone numbers of family members or caregivers to call. Cell phone and charger if permitted by the hospital’s policy.
  • Shoes to leave with if she arrived with no shoes. Same with a coat depending on the weather.

Essentials to leave the hospital with:

  • The doctor’s directions for post-hospital care. This includes follow-up appointments and home care.
  • A name and phone number of the contact person if some problems arise after discharge from the hospital.
  • A list of any up-coming tests related to the hospital stay, and when you should expect any results back.
  • A list of any symptoms or post-surgery episodes to expect. This can help you know what may be a normal after-effect or what is worrisome and merits calling the doctor.
  • Copies of your instructions upon discharge and any other paperwork associated with your hospital visit that may be beneficial to keep in your patient record folder.
  • Any new medications or prescriptions that you have been given as a result of the hospital visit. Make sure you ask any questions you have of this new medication and whether or not it conflicts with other medicines you are taking.

Recovering at home:

To make the recovery process at home simple and quick, make sure some things are prepared ahead of time for your loved one before she arrives home. Here are some tips:

  • Dust out and vacuum the house while she’s gone to get rid of dust that may bother her as she is recovering.
  • Have her bed linens changed and replaced with clean, fresh ones.
  • Get books or magazines ready that she can read while resting during recovery.
  • Make sure the fridge is stocked with foods she needs, especially if there are any special dietary restrictions following surgery or the hospital stay.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Mercer, PA and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.
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