Ask if you’ll need medical equipment (like a walker). Who will arrange for this? Write down a name and phone number of a person you can call if you have questions about equipment.
Ask if you’re ready to do the activities below. Circle the ones you need help with, and tell the staff:
•Bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, climbing stairs
•Cooking, food shopping, house cleaning, paying bills
•Getting to doctors’ appointments, picking up prescription drugs
Make sure you have support (like a caregiver) in place that can help you. See Resources” on page 6 for more information.
Ask the staff to show you and your caregiver any other tasks that require special skills (like changing a bandage or giving a shot). Then, show them you can do these tasks. Write down a name and phone number of a person you can call if you need help.
Ask to speak to a social worker if you’re concerned about how you and your family are coping with your illness. Write down information about support groups and other resources.
Talk to a social worker or your health plan if you have questions about what your insurance will cover, and how much you’ll have to pay. Ask about possible ways to get help with your costs
Ask for written discharge instructions (that you can read and understand) and a summary of your current health status. Bring this information and your completed “My drug list” to your follow-up appointments.
Use “My appointments” on page 5 to write down any appointments and tests you’ll need in the next several weeks.