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Who is responsible for patient care after leaving the hospital

Patient care involves various aspects, starting from recovery routines to management of the patients’ diet. However, who is responsible for the patient care? The healthcare centers will only provide support to help patients whilst the patient is in the hospital system. Once a patient is outside of the control of the hospital administration, they have to be discharged. Since there is always a requirement to free up beds and other critical resources, the patient needs to be aware of where hospital care stops, and home care starts.

Once discharged from hospital, although the patient will have an after-care program set by the outpatients department, most patients feel like they are virtually left to their own devices. If you are planning post-hospital recovery, here are some useful tips that will help you take control of your own medical care plan. Also take the time to map out your long-term care plan if that is important for the management of your health condition.

The first step, is education and awareness. Understand your own healthcare requirements fully. If you have any special health condition, it is best to understand the details of that condition and get as much as you can.

Once you clearly understand, you need to come up with a healthcare management plan. This of course should be done with the help of your health advisor. List all the possible things that you could do for your physical wellbeing. This will include things like lifestyle change, regular medication, diet, exercise and so on.

Execute your plan stringently and adhere to it closely. Only when you are consistent in executing this plan, you will be able return to your peak health and enjoy the results. You need to constantly remind yourself that the only person that could take the best care of you is “YOU.” All of this of course is going to demand self-discipline from you, without which it is not possible to stick to your plan.

It is best to document your road to recovery, what are the improvements that you are experiencing? Is there any deterioration in your condition? List all medicines that you are taking and schedule when these should be taken. Also add to the schedule any therapies such as changing of dressings, exercise and diet.

The road to recovery can be long and tiring, so stay positive. Stick to your goals and remember that improving your general well-being will aid in your recovery. Without a positive attitude, your goals may be a challenge. Your @ home care plan is your pathway to recovery, and allow you to avoid pro-longing your ill-health. Setting reminders, notes and goals will ensure that your recovery time is shortened.

Post recovery is not just about remembering to take your medicine, but attend follow-up appointments, eat the right foods and ensuring that you do any physio. For the long-term, it is also worthwhile to layout your general health checks. We all know families who have had a health crisis which may have been avoided if preventative actions had been taken!

Since you are likely to be in touch with your medical advisors, be prepared to share the progress you make, and the nature of your condition and treatments. Often questions are asked which if you have not prepared your response, you are simply not prepared. Make sure that a loved one is also aware of your progress in recovery and has an understanding of your health condition, long-term treatment, medications and contact details for medical advisors. You never know when you may need help, and without preparation, dealing with hospital and healthcare administrators can be a nightmare if you haven’t prepared your records.


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