When your loved one is able to return home from a hospital stay, you feel relieved and happy that they are healthy again. However, there are many worries, questions and additional responsibilities that arise when you are caring for a loved one who is recovering from an illness or surgery.
Start Preparing Before Discharge
Fortunately, there will be a lot of helpful information included in your loved one’s discharge plan, so that will give you some guidance. Take time before your loved one returns home to make sure you will have everything they need at home to ensure a safe recovery.
For instance, updating their medication list and filling their prescriptions beforehand is a good idea. You may not have the time to make such a run after your loved one returns home, which can create a stressful situation. Also, take time to double check that your first aid kit and medicine cabinet supplies are up to date, ensuring you’re completely prepared for any situation.
Here are some other things to consider so you can ensure the transition from hospital stay to home as safe and easy as possible:
Health Care Tasks:
- Schedule follow up appointments/checkups before leaving the hospital.
- Before discharge, ask the nurses for demonstration on dress changing if necessary.
- Make sure you understand all medication labels, instructions and expiration dates.
- To reduce the risk of falls, remove any obstacles to create clear pathways in the home.
- Remove rugs and tape down cords on the floors.
- Shop and prepare for meals ahead of time. Anything that can be put in the freezer for reheating later eliminates a task in the days or weeks to come.
- Make sure to have antibacterial wipes and cleaning supplies on hand to reduce the chance of infection, especially if your loved one is receiving visitors.
Other things to consider:
- Have an emergency contact list on hand. This should include contact information for doctors, pharmacists and your home health agency; anyone who can help in case of emergency.
- Plan for backup. Have a list of family members and close friends who are willing and able to assist you if the need for additional help arises.
- Put a communication strategy in place, knowing who you can call for help when needed and who should be notified if conditions change.
We can help.
Of all the things to consider when caring for a loved one who has just come home from a hospital stay, being their strong and reliable source of assistance is the most important. Sometimes, the job of a caregiver while also being a family member can seem overwhelming. That is why the professionals at Freudenthal Home Health offer many of the services that can help with the responsibilities in the lists above.
Contact us today to start a partnership with us for your all of your loved ones’ needs.