If your loved one is in the hospital, you probably have many questions. It’s important to keep a few things in mind, so you can make sure you’re giving them the best possible care that you can while they’re there, providing a smooth transition from the hospital to home.

Visit during business hours. It might seem like common sense, but some first-time caregivers are hesitant to visit their loved one in the hospital. Visiting regularly while your loved one is in the hospital can give both you and the patient peace of mind.

Ask questions. Open the lines of communication between your loved ones’ doctor and nurses by asking any questions you may have — about their condition, medication, rehab options, and discharge. It’s a good idea to write answers down or record any relevant conversations, for future reference. You’re an advocate for their health!

Look into home healthcare. Home health can give you information on your loved one’s condition. For example, a home healthcare nurse can teach you how to properly administer medications, and what side effects to expect. They can also give physical therapy inside the home, if needed. Check to see if these services are covered by your loved one’s Medicare plan or insurance.

Take care of yourself. If you need a break, take it. Don’t try to do it all — ask for assistance when you need it, from friends or family. Don’t be afraid to hire someone to help with cleaning or child care during this time. Getting enough sleep each night and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits will go a long way in helping you to take care of someone else.

Embassy Homecare can assist with the transition from hospital to home. Call us at 440-658-1454.