Hearing they are being discharged from the emergency room can be an exciting moment for your senior. No one enjoys spending time in an emergency room, but discharge can be an important time of the process, and you don’t want to overlook it or rush it. During this time, it is important to make sure both of you fully understand what happens during the visit, and what needs to be done moving forward to help your parent overcome what brought them to seek treatment, and to avoid further complications.
Asking the doctor plenty of questions can help you get the information you need, so both your senior and you as a family caregiver can feel confident transferring from care in the emergency room to care at home.
Some questions to ask before your senior is discharged from the emergency room include:
- What was their diagnosis?
- If there was no diagnosis, what was causing their symptoms or complaints?
- What treatments were done in the emergency room?
- What was the purpose of these treatments?
- Were the treatments successful?
- What types of tests were run in the emergency room?
- What was the purpose of the tests?
- What was the result of the tests?
- What does this mean?
- What prescriptions were they given?
- What is the purpose of these prescriptions?
- Where can a prescription be filled?
- When does your senior need to start taking the medication?
- Will any other follow-up care be needed?
- Has a follow-up appointment been set?
- What type of care will your senior need at home?
- When can your senior expect to feel better?
- What should you look out for to determine if they may need to return to the hospital or to their doctor?
When your aging parent is recovering from an illness or injury, home health care can be a valuable part of the healing process. This type of healing requires additional support, care, and assistance to let their bodies heal and ensure they are doing what they need to do to manage their health.
A home health care services provider can step in to make this easier for them and for you as their family caregiver. Managing tasks throughout the home such as dishes and laundry enable your parent to conserve energy so they can focus on healing. Meal and snack preparation supports good nutrition and medication reminders help your parent to stay compliant to get the benefits their doctor intends.