Tuesday, September 27, 2016

From Hospital To Home: Making The Transition Easier

Being involved in a serious accident or suffering from a tough illness can be a very traumatic time indeed. The road to recovery can be a very long one, any you might be expected to spend a considerable amount of time in hospital. The longer you are in hospital for, the harder it will be to go back home and get used to your regular day-to-day life.

Many people struggle with the transition from hospital to home. This is because of the reduced care they receive once they are back in their own house. However, there are ways that you can return home without any problems whatsoever. Here are my tips to make your life back in your own home one that is free from any pain and problems.

Take Everything Step By Step

You need to keep in mind that recovery is never going to be a quick fix. Healing after a serious accident or illness will take time. Trying to rush this whole process will do you no good whatsoever. So be sure to take your whole recovery in small bits. It will also make it easier on you if you just give yourself short-term goals. During recovery, it is difficult to know how things will be in the long-term. So rather than giving yourself long-term goals, stick to short-term ones that are a lot more manageable and achievable. You will find it easier to achieve these, which can help you stay positive once you get home.

Take Advice From Medical Staff

One reason why many people suffer relapses during their recovery period is that they have not taken the advice from medical staff. One of the most common ways in which people ignore their doctors is regarding their time in hospital. Some patients get bored and frustrated on their ward and end up discharging themselves too early. No matter how well you may feel, it is important to stay in hospital until your doctor has given you the all clear. This also applies to your medication. Just because you feel like your old self again, you shouldn’t stop taking all your tablets and other drugs. The doctor will have given you a set course for a reason, so it is important that you stick to it. If you don’t, some of your symptoms or pain could return.

Go To Follow-Up Appointments

Once you are home from hospital, you might still be expected to go back to the hospital or see your family GP for regular follow-up appointments. These give your doctor and specialists the chance to check in with you and ensure that everything is going well for you back at home. As you can see, it is super important that you attend these appointments. It also gives you the chance to raise any problems that you may be experiencing. Your doctor will do his or her best to help you. They might also be able to refer you to another specialist, such as a physiotherapist, who can help you with certain aspects of your care at home.

See About House Adaptations

If you have limited mobility after your accident, you might have trouble getting around your house and doing everyday tasks. Thankfully, there are many home adaptations that can help you retain your ability to live independently. These include specialist equipment such as stair lifts and handrails. If you think that you may benefit from such adaptations, you should speak to your doctor about them. If you have regular sessions with a physiotherapist, they will also be able to refer you to someone who can install these adaptations for you. Don’t worry about the cost of having these installed. Most of them are available for free on the NHS. And for the more expensive ones that aren’t available on the NHS, there are plenty of charities that help find funding. This funding is available for the disabled or those coping with a long-term illness.

Think About Therapy And Rehabilitation

There may be specific sessions that you are entitled to which help rehabilitate you in your own home. For example, many physiotherapists visit patients at home. They help them to perform exercises that strengthen muscles. This can help you to increase your mobility around your home. It could also be worth seeing if a physiotherapist can visit you in hospital in the couple of weeks before you return home. This can help you to prepare for going home.

Ask Family And Friends For Help

You may find that you struggle with certain task around the home. Don’t be afraid to ask your close family and friends for help. I’m sure that many will be glass to help you out, especially after your accident or illness. Depending on the severity of the accident or illness, it may be worth one of your relatives or friends becoming your full-time carer. Usually, it is best if they become a live-in carer. They will benefit from getting a regular income from the government for this. Many people are worried about asking friends or family to take on such a big responsibility for them. However, you might be surprised at the amount of loved ones to offer to help you out!

Continually Assess Home Care

If you have different nurses and specialists visiting you at home, you will be occasionally asked to assess the care that they are providing. This is to ensure that you are receiving everything that you need to help you recover. It also helps your local health authority assess the type of care that they are offering all their patients. Whether you are asked to carry out a survey or simply tell your doctor what you think about the care, it is important to do so regularly. This can not only improve the care that you are receiving, but it can also make things better for others in a similar situation to yourself.

Hopefully, all the above tips will make things easier for you when you return home after a prolonged stay in hospital.

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