Get News & Updates Directly To Your Inbox
Delicious recipes, helpful cooking and nutrition tips. Find food preparation videos and "ask the dietitian!"
Find A Doctor Or Hospital In Your Network.
Do you know what warning signs to watch? Do you know who to call with questions and concerns, and an after-hours phone number?
Other steps to take:
Your home needs to be free of safety hazards as you recover. Avoiding falls is vital. Look at hazards like electrical cords, wiring and throw rugs. Make sure small pets don’t trip you up. In the bathroom, consider adding grab bars in the bath, and get a shower seat, if needed. You might also put a night light in the bathroom to guide your way if you need to use it in the night. Think about the help you may need with activities of daily living. That involves cooking, bathing, dressing and grooming. Ask for help if you need it.
“It’s so important to be aware of your emotional health after a hospital stay,” said Blair Bisbee, a licensed clinical social worker who helps members with the transition from hospital to home and provides any needed follow up after discharge. “Many times, receiving a new diagnosis can cause sadness, depression or anxiety.”
That often happens with heart problems like congestive heart failure or other major health concerns, such as a cancer diagnosis. Ask your doctor for help. They may refer you to a local group such as the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society , which have many resources for patients and caregivers.
While helping members after a hospital stay, Bisbee shares several tips to stay positive.
The Family Caregiver Alliance offers tips for caregivers and patients to ease the process from hospital to home.
Many communities have a wide range of resources including support groups for caregivers and families helping someone with an illness.
Important Plan Information
A Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association© Copyright 2020 Health Care Service Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Telligent is an operating division of Verint Americas, Inc., an independent company that provides and hosts an online community platform for blogging and access to social media for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.
File is in portable document format (PDF). To view this file, you may need to install a PDF reader program. Most PDF readers are a free download. One option is Adobe® Reader® which has a built-in screen reader. Other Adobe accessibility tools and information can be downloaded at http://access.adobe.com.
Last Updated 10012018Y0096_WEB_IL_CONNECT19_C