Being prepared is vital and indeed helps lessen our anxiety and stress particularly arising from unforeseen emergencies and needs.
So how prepared are you to go to the hospital for unanticipated emergencies? The hours or days of staying there is out of your control. It will all depend on the treatment and health care that you need from your physician’s perspective until he authorizes your discharge.
That can be quite annoying when you are eager to go home and still stuck in the hospital without a comfortable pair of slippers or something to entertain you.
In this case, you would realize how important it is to know what you need to bring with you and the things you need to prepare. Here are some things that could help you lessen your burden while you receive your treatment at the hospital.
Choosing Your Hospital
It would be better if you choose your preferred hospital where you can anticipate the possible bills and the process. If you know your hospital, you are familiar with its parking, departments, its entrances, and exits. Besides, you will naturally trust the quality of service which helps you ease your mind.
Prepare A List of Important Things
Write down those things that you need to bring with you so you won’t forget the essentials. For example, you may often forget your personal care items, for they seem minute and are often neglected. Some other important things are
- Your id.
- Health insurance card.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Facial wash.
- Book and snacks.
Notebook (to list down the questions you want to ask your doctor and nurses, and to note the instructions they give you plus your reminders).
Extra short-sleeved shirt or pyjama that is not too tight to interfere with your IV line.
Arrange Important Documents
It is also important to take important documents in cases of accidents or uncertain outcomes of an operation. These can be your records and important documents which are your will, power of attorney for your health care proxy, medical records, list of your allergies, and passwords. These documents must be put in place where they are easy to find by your family or friends who are trustworthy. Arranging for these documents before will help ease the process in cases of a medical negligence compensation claim
These important documents can help your physician decide what you want or do not want for your treatment. They can communicate with your health care proxy when it comes to decision making and following your wishes while you are incapacitated.
Coming Back Home
You do not want your house to be dirty when you come back home. So hire a maid to do a little cleaning if there is no one to do it for you and make sure that your needs are reachable. Make sure that you list down your schedule for follow-ups, medication, and instructions given to you before discharge.
Visits your significant other, family members, and close friends. They are a big help during your recovery because they always support and care for you.