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 • Review medication list with the staff. Include all prescription drugs, over- the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Ask what each one is for.
• Tell the staff what drugs, vitamins, or supplements taken before being ad- mitted. Ask if they should still be taken after leaving the hospital.
• Write down a name and phone number of a person to call if you have questions.
Recovery and Support
• Ask if medical equipment (like a walk- er) will be needed. Who will arrange for this? Write down a name and phone number of a person you can call if you have questions about equipment.
• Ask about daily living activities. Have support in place that can help where assistance is needed. Consider the following areas:
• Bathing, dressing, using the bath- room, climbing stairs.
• Cooking, food shopping, house cleaning, paying bills.
• Getting to doctors’ appointments, picking up prescription drugs.
• Ask the staff to show you and your
caregiver any other tasks that require special skills (like changing a bandage or giving a shot). Then, show them you can do these tasks.
• Write down a name and phone number of a person you can call if you need help.
Social Worker
• Talk to a social worker if you’re concerned about how you and your family are coping with your loved one’s illness. Write down information about support groups and other resources.
• Talk to a social worker or the health plan if you have questions about what insurance will cover and how much will be due. Ask about possible ways to get help with costs.
• Ask for written discharge instructions (that you can read and understand) and a summary of current health status. Bring this to follow-up appointments.
For the Caregiver
• Write down and discuss with staff any questions you have about the items on this checklist or on the discharge instructions.
• Get prescriptions and any special diet
instructions early, so you won’t have to
make extra trips after discharge.
• Honestly assess if you can give the
patient the help he or she needs?
• What tasks do you need help with?
• Do you need any education or training
such as how to change bandages?
• Talk to the staff about getting the help
you need before discharge.
• Write down a name and phone
number of a person you can call if you have questions.
How can I encourage my loved one to accept needed help during recovery? A critical part of a strong recovery is making sure your older adult follows the doctor’s instructions. Some people may have unrealistic expectations about what they’ll be able to do on their own after leaving the hospital. If that’s happening, ask a doctor or nurse to explain to both of you what your older adult will actually be able to do on their own and what will be impossible. Hearing directly from a medical professional is an effective way to convince seniors to ac- cept the help they need. It also helps you make sure they’ll have what they need to support their recovery.
                  The following services are available through the Barry County Commission on Aging for persons 60 years and older.
        • Sr Center Activities • Homecare Services
• SMC Restaurant Dining • Volunteer Opportunities
• Four Congregate Dining Site Locations
• Home Delivered Meals
• Home Repair Service
• Adult Day Services
• Medicare / Medicaid Info
Battle Creek Area
Need To Downsize?
We can help you downsize for your next move. You can bring all your unwanted items to the ReStore or give us a call to schedule a pick-up.
545 North Ave. • Battle Creek • MI (269) 441-1038
Visit for information.
      Barry County Commission on Aging
320 West Woodlawn Avenue Hastings, MI 49058
Phone: (269) 948-4856 Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail:

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