When leaving the hospital, most people assume that their physician or the hospital discharge planner will tell them everything they need to know about how to care for themselves at home. Unfortunately, that isn’t usually the case, and it is important for patients to plan in advance for what they can and can’t do for themselves once they are home.
Prepare yourself for a smooth transition from hospital to home by getting answers to these questions prior to your surgery:
Who will answer questions I may have about the medications? Should I contact my doctor, the pharmacist, or does the hospital have someone else for me to contact with questions regarding my care?
What phone numbers do I need to have on hand?
What kind of medical equipment might I need (such as a walker, crutches, or tele-health devices), and who will provide them?
What kinds of tasks might be difficult for me to perform once I return home given the nature of my surgery? (Ex. bathing, dressing, climbing stairs, picking up prescription drugs, cooking, shopping, driving, etc.)
What activities are not recommended following surgery? How long should I abstain from these activities?
What signs or symptoms should I watch for that might indicate a problem during recovery?
Do I need someone present in the home, or will I be safe left alone for extended time periods?
Will my medications cause drowsiness or confusion?
Do I need the assistance of home health agencies in New Jersey, (NJ)?
A quality home care agency, like Amorycare of New Jersey, can help you answer these questions about your post-surgery care. Our caregivers can pick up prescriptions, assist with bathing, dressing and grooming as needed, monitor for signs that might indicate an emerging health issue, and more.
Contact us to learn more about our home health agency in New Jersey, (NJ) or if you need to schedule in-home care for after an upcoming surgery.
Amorycare of New Jersey is a Home Care agency that provides post surgery care services in these towns in:
Union County: Fanwood, Elizabeth, Summit, Berkeley Heights, Linden, Springfield, Vauxhall, Clark, Cranford, Garwood, Scotch Plains, Murray Hill, Union, Winfield, Mountainside, Westfield, Kenilworth, New Providence, Plainfield and Roselle, NJ.
Essex County: Livingston, Roseland, Essex Fells, West Orange, South Orange Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley, West Caldwell, Fairfield, Irvington, Newark, East Orange.
Morris County, NJ: Bernardsville, Boonton, Brookside, Budd lake, Butler, Califon, Cedar Knolls, Chatham, Chester, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Far Hills, Flanders, Florham Park, Gillette, Greenvillage, Hibernia, lronia, Kenvil, Lake Hopatcong, Landing, Ledgewood, Uncoln Park, Long Valley, Madison, Mendham, Millington, Montville, Morris Plains, Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Mt. Freedom, Mt. Tabor, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, New Vernon, Newfoundland, Oak Ridge, Parsippany, Pequannock, Piccatinny Arsenal, Pine Brook, Pompton Plains, Port Murray, Randolph, Riverdale, Rockaway, Schooley’s Mountain, Stirling, Succasuna, Towaco, Wharton, Whippany