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How to Prepare for a Hospital Stay

Not all hospital stays are emergencies. Sometimes older adults have scheduled hospital stays for medical procedures. The nice thing about scheduled hospitalization is that it allows seniors and family caregivers time to prepare for the stay so that the older adult can be as comfortable as possible.

Elderly Care in Helena AL: Preparing for a Hospital Stay

Elderly Care in Helena AL: Preparing for a Hospital Stay

Things to Do Ahead of Time.

Taking care of some paperwork and other things ahead of time can make a visit to the hospital less hectic and stressful. Some items to be taken care of before going to the hospital are:

  • Insurance Matters: Depending on the older adult’s insurance, it may be necessary to contact the insurance company ahead of time. Sometimes insurance companies require pre-certification of a hospital visit before the plan will pay. Also, it can be helpful to have some idea of what the older adult can expect to pay out of pocket. If the amount is quite high, contact the hospital’s billing department to see if they can set up a payment plan.
  • Living Will and Power of Attorney: If the older adult does not have these important documents in place, it’s a good idea to do so before they have a medical procedure. A living will provides instructions for end-of-life medical care. A living will names an individual who will make medical decisions for the senior in case they cannot do so for themselves.
  • Household Care: Make arrangements for people to do things like collect the mail, take care of the senior’s pets, and pay bills.

What to Pack.

Take the time to pack a bag with all the things the older adult will need to be comfortable while they are in the hospital. Some things to pack are:

  • Paperwork, including insurance ID cards, living will, power of attorney, prefilled hospital forms, and a list of medications.
  • Comfortable pajamas or lounging clothes.
  • Slippers and/or warm socks.
  • Toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, etc.
  • Small personal items that bring comfort, such as photos.
  • Books and magazines to read.
  • A puzzle book, such as a book of crosswords or sudoku.
  • Eyeglasses and hearing aid.
  • A small amount of cash for vending machines, magazines, and items from the gift shop.


An elderly care provider can assist your aging relative to prepare for a stay in the hospital. Elderly care providers can help with packing. They can also help the older adult to make sure things, like paying bills, are done before they leave. Elderly care providers can also clean the house so that it is a more comfortable and pleasant place for your loved one to recuperate.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elderly care in Helena, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.




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Dennis is a graduate of Auburn University and is a U.S. Army veteran. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is a life long resident of Birmingham.

They have three teenage children and are actively involved in their church and community – both teach high school Sunday school while Dennis coaches youth sports and Kelly leads a women’s Bible study. Dennis & Kelly personally manage the daily activities of the company.

It is their passion and commitment to providing quality and responsive service that has made their company the fastest growing home care agency in Birmingham.

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