Is there a medical procedure happening in your near future? Maybe a loved one is headed to the hospital for a procedure. Either way, having a procedure is a significant life event, and getting back to normal can seem impossible. The best thing you can do is get ready properly. You need to prepare with the understanding that you’ll come home from the hospital and not be at 100 percent. Even if you have family around to help you, it’s still important to ensure that everything is set for your return. It won’t just make life easier when you get home; it will give you peace of mind while you’re in the hospital.
At Justice Healthcare Group, we have dedicated ourselves to ensuring that when people go home from the hospital, they get to recover without having to return to an expensive hospital room. We help make people’s homes safe for their returns from the hospital, and we want to use today’s blog to share some basic items anyone should take care of before heading to the hospital for an operation.
Home Prep Basics for a Hospital Return
Stow loose rugs.
- Loose rugs can be a significant tripping and slipping hazards. Even rugs held down by furniture can trip you up with their corners. Unless your rugs are anchored with non-stick mats, we recommend you roll them up and keep them stowed away until you have recovered. The way, you simply won’t have to worry about them. If you’re concerned about slipping on wood or linoleum, you will likely receive socks with rubber grips that will keep you steady. You can also order your own if you’re worried about having enough.
Ensure it will be easy to get back into your home.
- Depending on what type of operation you’re having you might not be able to handle stairs. You may not be able to open doors. Whatever difficulties your operation cause, there are probably things you can do. Are there steps up into your home? Is there a good railing you can use? Are the steps actually in good condition? When you come home, you’ll probably be exhausted and sore and in no shape to navigate complex or broken terrain. The easier you can make the path to your bed, the better chance you have of not having to return to the hospital due to injury.
Stock up frozen food and other supplies.
- Even if you have friends promising to bring you casseroles and other meal items, there is a point at which the meal train will stop, and you may not be ready to go to the grocery store at that point. You will be grateful that you invested in general food and frozen food as well as toilet paper and other staples. Having food that is simple to heat or prepare is key here. We also recommend you buy one more package of toilet paper than you think you need. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Double-check stairs and hallways.
- As you recover and move around your home, the last thing you want is to be stumbling over clutter or electrical cords. Clear away all cords and items that might trip you up. It’s also important to ensure you’ll be able to navigate safely at night. Make sure you have a well-lit path to the bathroom and anywhere else you might need to go in the dark. Nightlights are a huge help here. As for the stairs, if you live in a two-story home, make sure the stair railings are secure and, if there is carpet on the stairs, make sure it isn’t going to slip around.
Make sure you have what you need by your bed/recovery area.
- Recovery will be easier if you’re not forcing yourself to get up whenever you need something. Even if you have an assistant, you’ll want to have as many helpful things within reach as possible. Make sure you have a portable phone or a charger for your cell phone near your bed. Collect pillows, magazines, medications, books, and a big cup of water. You’ll feel better having the essentials within easy reach.
Get the basics squared away.
- You will probably have bills come due while you’re recovering. You may have a pet who will need care you can’t provide while getting better. This is your opportunity to get ahead of the curve and make sure your bills are paid and pet care is arranged. This will give you much more peace of mind while you’re in the hospital and make everything easier when you get home.
Make Recovery a Success
At Justice Healthcare Group, we’ve worked hard for years in hospitals and seen returning patients who could have stayed home if they just had a good home health aide. We are a team of health aides ready to help you to recover fully in the comfort of your own Texas home. Contact us today!