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  Successful Discharge & Recovery with Planning
someone is discharged (released) from the hospital, it means their doctor has
Care After Discharge
• Where will care be provided after discharged. Are there options?
Health at Discharge
• Ask the staff about your loved one’s health condition and what they can do to get better.
• Ask about problems to watch for and what to do about them.
• Review medication list with staff. Ask what each is for.
• Tell the staff about drugs, vitamins, or supple- ments taken before being admitted. Ask if they should still be taken after leaving the hospital.
Recovery & Support
• Ask if medical equipment (like a walker) will be needed. Who will arrange for this?
• Ask about daily living activities. Have support in place that can help where assistance is needed. Consider the following areas:
 Bathing, dressing, using the bathroom,
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 demonstrate that you can do it.
Talk to a Social Worker
• If you’re concerned about how you and your family are coping with your loved one’s illness. Get information about support groups and other resources.
• If you have questions about what insurance will cover. 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 any questions or help needed.
• Get prescriptions and any special diet instruc- tions early.
• Honestly assess if you can give the needed care. • What tasks do you need help with?
• Do you need any education or training?
A critical part of a strong recovery is making sure your older adult follows the doctor’s instruc- tions. 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 accept the help they need. It also helps you make sure they’ll have what they need to support their recovery.
determined that they’ve recovered enough to no longer need hospital-level care. It doesn’t mean they’re fully recovered.
After a hospitalization, older adults still need extra care in order to have a smooth recovery, pos- sibly for weeks or months. Your preparation before they leave the hospital can make a big difference in your older adult’s healing and can help them stay on track and regain as much independence as possible.
Unfortunately, for many, the hospital discharge process is often rushed and confusing. It can
feel challenging to get clear information from doctors and nurses, which can lead to medication errors, lack of appropriate follow-up care, and an unwanted re-admittance to the hospital. A strong advocate is the key to understanding the details about post-hospital recovery.
Some adults are well enough to get proper care and rehab at home (like physical therapy). Others may need a short-term stay in a skilled nursing facility.
Preparing before leaving the hospital is essential for recovery. After you leave, it be- comes much harder to get helpful answers. Be sure to get a name and phone number of each person you may need to contact.
Private duty nursing.
Call us for a complimentary in-home assessment.
 Your neighborhood home care provides:
∏ Care management
∏ Nursing Services
∏ Medication Management
∏ Assistance with daily living
activities (ie. toileting,
showering, dressing)
∏ Light housekeeping
∏ Laundry
∏ Errands
∏ Respite Services
∏ Meal preparation
∏ Pet assistance
∏ Companionship
∏ Staff assistance 24/7
∏ Schedule us for assistance
during the holidays.
∏ If you don’t see it listed on
here just ask!
We work with the Area Agency on Aging, Senior Services, Department of Veterans Affairs
  706 W Prairie St. Vicksburg, MI 49097
(269) 475-5211
2775 W Dickman Rd. Suite A Battle Creek, MI 49037
(269) 589-6239
                                            Flexible & affordable personal health care services in your home
  Aide & companion service
 Medication set-up
 Housekeeping
 Transportation
 Nursing services
 Dementia Capable Trained Staff
 All employees screened & bonded
Thomas J. Unger, ACSW
Patricia D. Slayton, RN, MSN
5350 Beckley Rd, Suite D
Side door of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust
60+ Years of Qualified Experience

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