Packing for a Hospital Stay
The hospital can be a frightening place. Right before a hospital stay many of us will think about all of the different things that can happen and the different people who we will meet.During this hectic time, we might forget what we need to take with us to the hospital.This only makes it more important to figure out what we need to bring when we will be in a hospital for a couple of days.
Prior to your hospital stay make sure you plan accordingly and pack the right items to ensure that you have a positive experience here at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center. In case you are not sure about what you should bring, our nursing staff have recommended a few items that you may need for a hospital stay:
• Documents and paperwork – Perhaps the most important part of your stay will be proper documentation and paperwork. We recommend putting all of your paperwork and medical information in one folder so it will not get lost. You will need your identification card, insurance cards, a list of current and previous medications, and an emergency contact list of telephone numbers of family and friends. Another item that you may not be aware to bring is a written power of attorney, advance directive or living will. If you do not have this document, the nursing staff will be able to obtain one for you once you are admitted. This folder should be at a place that is easily accessible and known to all members of your family.
• Clothing – Loose fitting, comfortable clothing is recommended. You will be recommended to wear provided hospital gowns for comfort and accessibility for health care providers. Non-skid slippers can also be brought with you for convenience and comfort.
• Cash / checks / pocket change – At Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center,local phone calls, visitor parking and cable TV are complementary. It is not recommended to bring a large amount of cash, credit cards and expensive jewelry because the hospital is not responsible for any lost items.
• Paper and pen – These items will be convenient for taking notes. They will help when you want to ask your doctor a question or remember what instructions they have been given to you. Writing down some items assists you to remember your diagnosis and relieve any problems and concerns that you might have. If you cannot write some things down have a family member write down important information.
• Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, soap, shampoo and other toiletries from home should be brought to make you feel more comfortable. The hospital will supply some of these items so in case you are missing something, please do not hesitate to ask the nursing staff for assistance.
Books and magazines are a great way to pass the time when you do not feel like watching TV. You can always bring your iPad or iPod to listen to some relaxing music. A computer and cell phone with chargers will also help you to stay connected and keep everyone posted about your status so they know when to visit and when you are being discharged. Please remember to take your charger and other devices with you when you are discharged.
• Personalized memorabilia – During a hospital stay many people might bring a small memento from home such as a photo of a loved one to make the room more like their own.
• Your own pillow – Bringing your own pillow and pillowcase will help you get a better night's sleep.
At Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center our staff wants to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. We hope these tips assist you to be prepared for your next hospital stay. Please do not hesitate to call us at 201-392-3100 for any health related concerns.