Post hospital stay – how to make the most of your recovery

Post hospital stay – how to make the most of your recovery

Whether it has been a short stay for a minor procedure or a lengthier period in hospital following serious illness or an operation, understanding and following the instructions given to you by medical professionals on discharge is essential to post hospital stay recovery.

There are several things that should be considered to make sure you get your health back on track.

Plan

No matter the length of your hospital stay start talking to your health care team as soon possible about a discharge plan. A range of factors will need to be taken into consideration, such as whether you live alone, home accessibility and whether modifications are required to make your home safe.

Consider whether you will need either short- or long-term assistance with wound care, daily personal care, food preparation or general household duties so that these can be arranged and confirmed in advance if possible.

NHCH offer a wide range of services and staff who can assist you at home during this recovery period. A simple phone call from you or a carer is all that is needed to begin arranging a tailor-made plan.

When your discharge time has been confirmed, Health NSW recommends organising a family member, friend or neighbour to pick you up when you’re ready. In the event this isn’t possible, ensure your health care team are aware of the circumstances and alternatives can be arranged.

Communicate

Your hospital staff will ask questions about your living situation, health conditions, and more. They will do this to ensure that your recovery is as quick, healthy, stress and pain-free as possible.

It’s important to be honest and open with your health professionals, as the more informed they are, the better they can advise you.

Our recommendation is to ask your doctor about the steps you will need to take to recover and then to also make a personal list of any questions on your mind.

We understand that asking these questions can sometimes be nerve-wracking and stressful, but the doctors want to ensure the best treatment is being facilitated and that you are being supported during your recovery. This requires clear and open lines of communication.

Importantly, if you aren’t ready to leave hospital say so.

If you feel anxious about leaving 24 hour care and believe more time is needed, the decision is yours.

On-going care

Ensuring you keep track of appointments and manage your medication during post hospital stay is essential.

There may be the need for continuing healthcare following discharge from hospital. This may be in the outpatient clinic of the hospital or at community health services in your local community. Make clear notes about dates, times and locations, and the reason for the appointment.

It’s likely you’ll have follow-up appointments with you GP, so be sure to book those in and keep up to date with their recommendations.

If you are struggling with your recovery, whether it be physically or emotionally, it is important to discuss this with your doctor so they can recommend the best action to take that will make this process easier for you.

Our team are trained to ensure that your recovery can be properly managed and that your health gets put first.

Recovery can take anywhere from a week to a few months, and we want you to know that NHCH are going to be there at each step of the way. To learn more about making the most of your recovery within post hospital stay, get in touch today.

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