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Helpful Hints for Planning Ahead For Admission to CVPH

Hospital stays are much shorter than they once were. Patients are being discharged sooner to recover at home. People do recover much quicker in the familiar environment of their own home where they enjoy privacy and comfort.

The following is a list of a few things you should consider doing before you actually need to be admitted to the hospital:

Advance Directive/Health Care Proxy

Completing an Advance Directive, also called a Health Care Proxy will allow you to have your wishes regarding your care carried out when you are not able to make decisions for yourself. You can get the forms at your physician's office, CVPH or through the Clinton County Public Health Department.

Vital Link

Completing a Vital Link gives health-care providers an up-to-date listing of your current medications and health history. It is a good idea to have this information written down and available for the health-care team so that nothing is missed. You can obtain Vital Link information through your physician's office, CVPH Medical Center, Clinton County Public Health Department or the local office of the American Red Cross.

Contact Person

It is important to designate someone to be your contact person. This is someone that the health-care team will communicate with regarding your condition. The contact person will be responsible for communicating information to your family and friends. Having a designated contact person ensures information will be communicated timely and effectively.

Support Network

It is important for you to establish a plan regarding who will be able to assist you at home after you are discharged. This plan should include who will assist you with cooking, cleaning, errands, doctor's appointments and personal care (bathing, dressing changes, etc.).

We never expect to become sick and require hospitalization. That's why it is important to plan ahead in case some day you are admitted.