Some hospital stays are planned, while others are unexpected. Either way, a hospital visit is less stressful when you understand the process. These tips from hospital insiders provide clarification, and they’ll help you get great care:
1. If you expect to be hospitalized in the near future, prepare your personal items. Hospitalizations are often unexpected, but in cases where it’s likely that you or a loved one will be hospitalized, pack a bag to bring with you. In addition to a change of clothes, bring a phone charger, toiletries, earplugs, and an updated list of your medications. For young patients, bringing their own blankets or pillows may help them feel more at home.
2. Take advantage of additional services available to you during your hospital stay. While you are in the hospital, ask what services are available to you as a patient. Most hospitals have nutritionists, spiritual guides, and a variety of highly trained specialists (including respiratory, occupational, and physical therapists) on site who can visit your room upon request.
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