Wednesday Workshop – Ways to Make a Hospital Visit Much Easier on Your Loved One
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. A trip to the hospital with a person who has memory loss can be stressful for both of you. Planning ahead is key to making an unexpected or planned trip to the hospital easier.
Here are a few things you can do before a hospital visit:
1. Discuss hospitalization before it happens.
2. Register your loved one for a Safe Return® bracelet through your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. People who are lost may be taken to an emergency room. The bracelet will speed up the process of reconnecting you with your loved one.
3. Pack an “Emergency Bag”.
The “emergency bag” should include important documents and supplies for both of you. Add important documents such as:
• Contact information for doctors and family members
• Illness or medical conditions
• All current medicines and dosage instructions
• Insurance cards
• Durable Power of Attorney
• Living Will
• Any medicines they’re allergic to
• Any allergies or special diets
By taking these steps in advance, you can reduce the stress and confusion that often accompany a hospital visit. If your loved one is going to the hospital for a planned stay, you have more time to prepare and get more information from your doctor.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.