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should know that some nonprofit groups and religious
organizations offer support for seniors transitioning
from hospital to home. Ask your doctor for names of
organizations in your area that might be able to help or
provide information.
How to Coordinate Your Care
Take these steps to help ensure you are prepared when
you leave the hospital:
Before you go to the hospital
• Develop a care plan that’s right for you. The United Hos-
pital Fund’s Next Step in Care offers 28 different family
caregiver guides, checklists, and forms in multiple lan-
guages. Although designed for caregivers, you can also
use these resources yourself to help you prepare.
• Address any concerns now versus later. What are
your biggest worries about leaving the hospital? For
instance, are you concerned you may need to go to
a short-term rehabilitation facility instead of directly
home? If so, tour several facilities now, so you’ll know
what to expect and can have input on where you would
go, should this happen.
While you are in the hospital
• Keep your care plan with you. Even if you store your
care plan on the computer, bring a hard copy of your
plan with you to the hospital. Even if you don’t look at
it, knowing your plan is nearby will help give you peace
of mind.
• Listen and take notes. When you are recovering, it can
be hard to focus on what others have to say. To help
you overcome this, instead of just listening to your
doctor or other caregivers, write down notes in your
care plan whenever possible. Having these written
notes will give you another layer of assurance when
you go back home.
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