5 Tips for Planning a Hospital Stay for Your Elderly Parent
Preparing for Your Hospital Stay
Bring the Essentials
As the Post has reported, a prominent Yale study found that just 52.3 percent of those 70 and older “regained their pre-ICU level of functioning” after discharge, a recovery process that typically took six months.
The most common cause of hospitalization and rehospitalization in Americans age 65 and older is congestive heart failure. Every day, 10,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday.
If you’re staying in hospital, you may wish to pack:
To recap, here are 11 items to pack in your hospital bag.
Hospitals provide gowns and toiletries, but they generally invite patients to bring their own pajamas, bathrobe, cardigan sweater, non-slip socks or slippers, comb, brush, lotions, toothbrush and toothpaste, and lip balm. However, avoid perfumes and any highly-scented products.
Give yourself time to take walks in or around the hospital. If you visit the hospital along with other family members, consider starting a rota so that everyone can take some time out to relax. Be educated. Read about your parent’s illness and know what the next steps in the process might be.
10 items to put in the most perfect care package:
After critical care, patients may experience amnesia, continued hallucinations or flashbacks, anxiety, depression, and dreams and nightmares. Nursing care for patients while in the critical care environment can have a positive effect on psychological well-being.
The longer the stay, the harder it becomes for the patient to remember his or her life outside of the hospital, and how to resume it upon discharge. The stress of this disruption and isolation can have a powerful dampening effect on the immune system, delaying recovery even after discharge.
Fear of pain can also be an issue, especially after surgery. However, patients are given pain relief so they can move comfortably after the doctor permits the patient out of bed. Once patients gain confidence and have acquired enough muscle strength, family members can accompany them as they move around.
Direct admission: You have spoken to or seen your doctor, who feels you need to be admitted. Your doctor may arrange an ambulance to take you to the hospital or may request that you go to the hospital yourself. In cases of direct admission, ask your doctor which hospital to go to.