Hospital patients tend to look at discharge as a one-time event that happens on the day the doctor finally says it's time to go home. But discharge planning is a process in which seniors can be very much involved. So, here are a few things to help you see how much control you do have, perhaps a viewpoint you hadn't considered.
- The process starts as soon as you are seen by a nurse or doctor. The initial evaluation along with any conversations you have with the medical team are all included.
- Along with a physical exam, x-rays, and other tests, the team takes your words very seriously. So, to the best of your ability, clearly describe the symptoms that brought you to the hospital.
- Ask questions to be sure that you understand the process and that you have been clearly understood. When a patient is admitted, there should be a specific plan of action for successfully treating and discharging them.
- During your stay, continue to communicate well with the staff. This will help them to determine how well the treatment is, or isn't, working. They can make adjustments as necessary.
- If your condition allows, take brief walks in the corridor or sit up in the chair when you can. Remaining sedentary, especially, laying flat, for long periods of time, can lead to loss of strength as well as pneumonia or other lung infections.
- Be sure that a close family member or another advocate is in frequent contact with your medical team. Your loved one might have insight that will contribute to the doctors taking the right approach, and getting you home as quickly as possible.
Once you have arrived home safely, you will likely need more rest so you can continue to recover.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!