No one enjoys staying in the hospital, but if your condition requires full-time medical care, there is no other choice. Many hospitalized patients are heavily dependent on the staffs there, which is not a good thing. To get the best out of your treatment, you need to stop relying on hospital staffs and fight your own battle. In order to do that, you need to be prepared. Here are a few tips for you:
Plan ahead your stay
Sometimes you need emergency care, but most of the time, you can predict when you will go into the hospital. Surgery is an example. Patients must be informed of the procedure quite some time in advance to prepare for admission. Think about what you will need to do before you go to the hospital.
What will happen once you come to the hospital?
Upon your arrival in hospital, your health care provider will come up with a plan for both your medical treatment and for any other support you might need once your treatment is done. This plan includes procedures for your discharge, or for your transfer to another medical support service. When you are discharged or transferred depends on how quickly your condition improves while you are hospitalized and what support you will need during your downtime.
Take care of your house
Will there be anyone to keep an eye on your house while you are gone? Do you have a pet? If so, what is your plan for your beloved pet? Think about someone you trust. Having a trusted friend taking care of your properties will make you feel more comfortable when you are receiving your treatments and probably help you recover faster as well.
What happens once you are recommended a transfer
Sometimes, you will need special care before going back home to regain your independence, especially if the procedure causes physical changes to your body. This support usually involves therapists and physiotherapists.
What happens when you are ready to leave?
When you are ready to leave, your hospital will provide you with a discharge summary of your condition, and a copy of this file will be sent to your primary healthcare provider, including information about your treatment and possible needs in the future.
The key to taking care of yourself is knowing what you are dealing with. Hopefully, the suggestions above can give you some ideas for your hospital admission.
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