What can I
expect the first few days after discharge?
Expect a time of transition. You may feel
overwhelmed the 1st day or two after discharge and may even
feel you've made a mistake coming home so soon. This may
occur even after discharge from a rehab or sub-acute floor.
Be patient, and give yourself some time to adjust. Many
patients report that after the 1st day or two of practical
problem solving and establishing a routine, they experience a
change in their progress and notice a definite upward trend
to their recuperation.
During this phase of discharge, usually
within the 1st 24-72 hours after discharge, you will receive
a telephone check-up from your case manager. You will be
asked several questions to establish your progress and
whether your post-discharge home or out patient therapies
have been started. This phone call also allows you to ask any
questions or voice concerns regarding your home situation so
they can be addressed.
Do I need
someone to stay full-time with me when I go home?
It is our recommendation that someone be with
you the first 24-72 hours after discharge. Many patients do
live alone and we realize this is not always possible. But if
you have a relative or a friend who offers to stay with you,
take this offer for your own ease of mind. Many times
patients have family members or friends who stay with them
all day in the hospital. While this is certainly welcomed, it
is often more helpful that this person be available after you
leave the hospital. If you do live alone and either are
discharged from rehab or from the orthopaedic floor with no
help available at home, perhaps a friend or neighbor can call
you daily to check on your progress. In addition, if home
care has been arranged, these visits usually can be arranged
so that someone is checking on you daily. The case manager
will be discussing options available for your particular
circumstances, and together you will develop a discharge plan
which addresses your particular situation.
When can I go
up and down stairs?
Stairclimbing will be practiced in the
physical therapy program before you leave the hospital.
Most patients can climb stairs before leaving the
hospital. If you live in a 2 story home and have practiced
stairclimbing, stairs can be done one to two times a day
after discharge depending upon your needs and your comfort