The best thing about going to hospital is going home again.
Returning Home From Hospital
Hospital is not a place any of us want to be, however as we age, the chances of us needing a hospital stay increase. As the chance of us being admitted to hospital increases, it may be useful to consider the following:
- Which hospital would you want to be admitted to (remember the HSE ambulance service will take you to the nearest HSE A&E Unit, which may not be your first choice of hospital).
- Who will secure your house, whilst you are in hospital. (Consider who will lock all the doors, turn off the heating system, feed the dog and so forth)
- Who will bring you clean clothing, magazines to you in hospital
- Who is your next of kin, and will speak to doctors, nurses, arrange discharge on your behalf (if required)?
- What can you do to prevent re-admission to hospital after you get home?
- What support do you need to put in place to help you get home?
The most common reasons for re-admission that need to be considered and managed appropriately at home are:
- Medication problems
- Falls in the home
- No contact with relevant healthcare professional – rehabilitation plan not implemented
Home Instead Senior Care is always in a position to help with your support system when you return home from hospital. Phone the Waterford office on 051-333966