Prior to Discharge
• Speak with your discharge planner as early as possible about choices for rehabilitation. Weigh your options and consider your own comfort and physical, emotional and financial needs.
• Assess your abilities and identify areas in which you might need support such mobility, household activities, transportation, etc.
• Talk to your friends and family about the level of assistance they can provide during your recovery.
• If you think you may benefit from additional support, contact a reputable home care provider to discuss the benefits of a caregiver.
Recovering at Home
• Set goals and track your progress. Perform basic tasks as able but utilize support from family or caregivers for daily activities that pose a challenge.
• Establish a routine; create a regular schedule for exercise, mental stimulation, rest, and meals. Attend regular appointments with your doctors, especially your neurologist, and therapists.
• Limit your intake of fat, cholesterol and sodium and maintain a regular meal schedule even when you may not feel hungry to ensure proper nutrition.
• Ease into your post-hospitalization routine by allowing your caregiver to take on household responsibilities so that you can conserve energy for a faster recovery.
• Identify and manage stress when it occurs and recognize any emotional challenges that could lead to depression.
• If you are receiving home care, the provider should work with you collaboratively to develop a plan of care that meets all of your scheduling needs and care preferences.
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