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What Questions to Ask Before Your Parent is Discharged from the Emergency Room?

By Ketan Shah

Home Care in San Jose CA

In your role as a family caregiver, the need for your loved one to go to the emergency room is something that you do not want to have to experience. You put forth tremendous effort to make sure that they are safe, healthy, and secure, but there are times when no matter how hard you try your parent will experience an illness or injury that necessitates treatment in the emergency room. It is important that you support your loved one in making the most out of their care and treatment, which means being prepared for after they leave the hospital. Asking the right questions during discharge enables you to ensure your aging parent gets the type of care that they need to continue their recovery at home, and to help minimize the chances that they will end up back in the emergency room in the coming days and weeks.

Some of the questions that you should ask before your parent is discharged from the emergency room include:

  • What is their diagnosis? Your parent might be suffering from something different than you originally suspected, or from more than one condition or issue. It is important that you know exactly what they are facing so that you can properly help them through their recovery and update your personal records about their health for future care and treatment needs.
  • What care did they receive? Before your parent leaves the hospital talk to their medical team about the type of care and treatments that they received while in the emergency room. This will be important for not only your parent's records, but also in the event that they have a negative reaction when they return home. It will be important that you are able to tell any other doctors who your parent seeks treatment from what types of care and treatment they received so they can use that information as needed.
  • What should they expect? Discuss not just the types of symptoms and effects that are normal for your parent to experience as they move through their recovery, but also what would be cause for alarm. This will help you to feel more confident that you are ready to care for your parent and will be able to respond appropriately if one of these potentially dangerous situations does arise.
  • What care do they need? Care for a senior who has sought treatment at an emergency department goes beyond just knowing what prescriptions they will need to take and if they will need to go to another doctor for a follow-up, though these are important details. You should also know what else you can do to help your loved one through their recovery in the best way possible. This is a fantastic time to consider home care for your parent. Having an in home senior care services provider in the home with them can help your parent stay focused on their recovery, manage their needs, and adapt to any changes in their lifestyle in a way that is healthy, safe, and effective according to their specific needs and goals.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring in-home senior care in San Jose, CA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers today (408) 259-5930.