These days, hospital stays are short. Following an elective surgery or a medical event, your doctor may recommend a period of rehabilitation. That may include physical, occupational, respiratory and other therapies provided as outpatient services or at a nursing or rehabilitation center. Though it may feel great to finally get back home, your recuperation process is still not over. Getting back to your pre-event lifestyle will take time.
“Discuss your discharge instructions with your therapist, discharge planner or other medical professional. To support your continued recovery, you should have a full understanding of what will be expected of you in the next few weeks. Read the materials carefully and follow all directions. Know your limits and restrictions on what you can do. For example, you might not be able to drive, take a bath, lift heavy things or walk up or down stairs.
Falling, unfortunately, is a real problem for folks returning home. To prevent falls, make sure your home is free from clutter and tripping hazards. Add safety equipment like grab bars in the bathroom and railings on stairs. Get electrical cords out of the way, and secure throw rugs to the floor. Also, don’t try to make your way around in the dark. You may think you know your way around your home blindfolded, but good lighting is essential, especially near stairs and in bathrooms.
Take a look at our Free Regency Brochures and print them out for you to educate yourself on these important topics.