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November 29, 2017

Tips for Managing Follow-Up Appointments after Being Discharged from the Hospital

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From the moment they are admitted to the hospital, most people can only think about one thing: when can I go home? Even the best hospital experience is draining, and it’s natural to be eager to get home. Being discharged, however, is not the end of the story. A complete, safe recovery after hospitalization requires multiple follow-up appointments with physicians, physical therapists, and other specialists. Here are some tips to help you coordinate follow-up appointments when you or a loved one is discharged from the hospital.

Start planning before discharge

After arriving home, you don’t want to be hit with any surprises. Before leaving, spend as much time as possible talking to the doctors, nurses, and others about what to expect. Did you perform physical therapy sessions while in the hospital? If so, the physical therapist may be an excellent source of instruction. Be sure to ask about safe limits for exercise and physical activity while you have a chance. Your medical team will also be able to help you acquire any assistive devices, such as a cane, walker or oxygen supply. In addition, don’t leave the hospital until you know exactly when your next follow-up appointment will be.

Don’t lose track of the schedule of follow-up appointments

It’s great when the whole family chips in, but confusion can arise when more than one person manages the schedule. Since a missed appointment or therapy session can result in a slower recovery, you don’t want there to be any confusion. To avoid gaps in scheduling, try having one person take charge of tracking appointments and arranging for transport. Since anyone who has recently been discharged from a hospital needs to focus on rest and recovery (especially if they are elderly), it’s generally best for someone else to take on this role for them.

Spread out the workload

Making sure that a loved one has their medications, follow-up appointments, transport and personal needs cared for is often too much for one person. When family and friends chip in, however, you can expect things to run much more smoothly.

Are you looking for more tips or support?

In fact, post-discharge care management is one of the vital services that we offer at Fedelta Home Care. From discharge planning to in-home assistance, from education to transportation services, our home care professionals have the expertise needed to guarantee a speedy recovery. If you’re interested in a flexible home care solution for you or a loved one in the Puget Sound area, contact us today.