Ask These Questions Before a Discharge From the Hospital

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Finding answers to these key questions can help ensure a smooth transition home after discharge from the hospital.

How wonderful it is when the medical personnel lets you know that your older loved one is ready to be released from the hospital after a surgical procedure. Yet as they hand you that collection of discharge papers and directions, a certain degree of nervousness may start to settle in. Will your family member be able to take care of herself at home after discharge from the hospital?

The senior care team at Endeavor In-Home Care is here to pave the way for a smoother discharge from the hospital to home by outlining the questions you will need to have answered in advance of surgery:

  • What sort of medical equipment might be needed (such as a walker, crutches, or telehealth tools), and who will provide them?
  • Who will answer questions about the prescriptions? Should I ask the health care provider, the pharmacologist, or does the hospital have someone else for me to reach out to with questions about care?
  • What symptoms should I look out for that could indicate a problem during recovery?
  • What activities are not advisable following surgery?
  • Will the prescription medicines cause drowsiness or confusion?
  • Who will pick up prescriptions? Do I need to depend on a family member for this job? Will they be promptly available when a refill is needed?
  • What sorts of tasks might be complicated to complete when coming home, given the nature of the surgery? (such as bathing, dressing, going up or down the stairs, picking up prescription drugs, cooking, shopping, driving, etc.)
  • What phone numbers should I make sure to keep on hand?

Gaining as much information for yourself and your family member on what is required to prevent complications after a discharge from hospital to home is crucial. Help an older loved one even further to experience a safer, easier, and more comfortable transition following a surgical procedure by contacting Endeavor In-Home Care.

The best way to prevent post-hospitalization problems is by partnering with our professional care team for transitional care. Our senior care pros can help older adults get settled back in comfortably after surgery, pick up prescriptions, and a wide range of other customized services to make sure the individual stays safe and well. Most importantly, we provide an extra set of eyes and ears to be alert to any changes in condition, and to get them reported and addressed immediately.

Call us any time at 480-498-2324 to learn more about our home care services in Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas.