Easing the transition from hospital to home


The month of September gives way to multiple transitions. Long summer days begin to wane. The humid days of August turn cooler.  Summer vacations come to an end and work and school routines return.

A transition that is more complex than the change of season is the return home after a hospitalization. If this transition is not managed effectively, issues can arise that impact recuperation and a return to independence.  Whether you are entering the hospital for a scheduled procedure or just want to be prepared in case of an emergency, planning ahead can help guide your transition home from any hospital stay.

  • Make sure that the things you typically use during the day (toiletries, reading glasses, reading material, cell phone and charger and medical equipment such as a walker or cane) can be located on one floor and are easily accessible. If possible, move your bedroom to the first floor, near the kitchen and a bathroom.
  • If your hospitalization is planned, prepare and freeze several meals in advance that can easily be defrosted and reheated. If your hospital stay is unexpected, ask family or friends to assist with some prepared meals or order from a grocery store that will deliver.
  • Have grab bars installed in the shower and near the toilet, use a non-skid bath mat and shower seat and place soap and shampoo within easy reach.
  • Before leaving the hospital, make sure you fully understand any newly prescribed medications and if they may cause an interaction or adverse reaction with your current medications.
  • Ask your hospital case manager if you qualify for home health care while you recuperate at home.  Home Health VNA is the regional leader in home health care and provides both exceptional people and exceptional care to make your transition to independence as safe as possible.

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