Here are some things to think about:
- Will someone be with you at home? If it is needed, can someone stay with you?
- Who will help you with your shopping, cooking, and laundry while you are recovering?
- Do you have plans for childcare during and after your hospital stay?
- Can your meals be made and frozen before you come into the hospital?
- Who will take you home on your day of discharge?
- Do you have prescription medications that can be filled before your discharge?
If you have special needs regarding your discharge or will need equipment, you may discuss them with the Case Coordinator at 860-545-4170.
If you think that you may need a short-term stay at a rest home or convalescent home after your surgery, you and/or your family should visit several facilities before your hospital admission. You can fill out an application at the time of your visit.
Insurance coverage varies. It is a good idea to contact your insurance company to talk about your medical coverage prior to coming to the hospital.
Financial Counselors are available to help you if you have questions about the cost of your hospital stay at 860-545-2730.
Instructions for Going Home
Ask your Physician:
- What are your activity restrictions
- Do you have any dietary restrictions?
- When you may have sexual intercourse
- When you can go back to work
- When you can drive a car
- When to make your next appointment
Eat a healthy diet to help you get better sooner.
- Avoid constipation by eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of fluids Slowly increase light activities.
Limit your activities such as carrying or picking up heavy objects, walking up and down stairs, doing heavy household chores and exercising. Your physician will instruct you on a schedule to increase your activity.
Make and keep your follow-up appointment with your physician!
Call your physician if you have the following symptoms:
- Temperature over 101°
- Incision is reddened, puffy, hot, draining or open
- Pain is not better after pain medication
- Vaginal discharge is foul smelling or bright red and heavy
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation and/or not able to pass gas out of your rectum
- Pain or redness in your leg(s)
- Chest pain or shortness of breath
TAKE CONTROL of your life by:
- Getting daily exercise once okayed by your physician
- Trying to stop smoking
- Going for a mammogram as ordered by your physician
- Doing monthly self breasts exams
- Going for a yearly pap smear and gynecological exam
- Having regular physical examinations
- Having your blood pressure checked
- Having your cholesterol level checked
- Being screened for breast, colon and rectal cancers