27 March, 2019
Don't Delay, Ask Today
Your time is important to us and we want to make sure we’re getting you home with your loved ones safely and as soon as possible.
Once you have completed your acute clinical care, a hospital isn’t always the best place for you to continue your recovery. Where clinically appropriate, you may benefit greatly from being at home in a comfortable environment with your loved ones.
Research shows that for patients over the age of 80 years old, a week in hospital can lead to 10 years of muscle loss and ageing. There’s also a risk of picking up a hospital-acquired infection or developing a condition called delirium, both which can cause serious complications and delay your recovery.
We want to work together with you and your family members/carers to make sure we’re getting you home at the right time. Home' is going to be different for everyone and that's okay. We will work with you to get you to the right place for your care.
To do this, it is important that you understand your care ‘pathway’. You should have a clear understanding of what is happening to you and when you can expect to go home.
Ask your nurse, doctor, allied health or other healthcare professional these four simple yet important questions:
- What is wrong with me?
- What is going to happen – now, today, tomorrow?
- What do I need to achieve to go home?
- When can I expect to go home?
We encourage you to ask these questions as often as you need. We won’t always have the answers straight away, but we will work together to give you the information you need for a positive recovery.
Your health and well being is always our first priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to our staff at anytime.