Hos­pi­tal­ized?

Health & Nutrition - - SELF CARE -

Take th­ese pre­cau­tions:

Fo­cus on fa­mil­iar­ity. Take your favourite clothes and pa­ja­mas with you. Also con­sider bring­ing a fam­ily pic­ture to put on the night­stand.

Main­tain your reg­u­lar rou­tine as closely as pos­si­ble – for ex­am­ple, if you read the news­pa­per ev­ery day af­ter break­fast, watch a cer­tain tele­vi­sion show, or bathe at a cer­tain time, try to con­tinue th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties.

Stick to your reg­u­lar sleep sched­ule. If you have trou­ble sleep­ing at night due to light or noise, ask the staff for help. Also ask if med­i­ca­tions, med­i­cal tests, or rou­tine checks such as blood pres­sure read­ings can be sched­uled for times when you’re nor­mally awake.

Keep mov­ing. Work with the nurs­ing staff to de­cide how best to get out of bed, sit in a chair, and/ or walk – hos­pi­tal­iza­tion in­creases the risk of falls for mul­ti­ple rea­sons, so you may need as­sis­tance to do th­ese things safely.

Prior to go­ing into hospi­tal, let friends know, and ar­range for them to visit you.

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