When a loved one has is about to be released from the hospital, there are probably going to be a few things you need to pick up to continue the health care at home. You will probably need to go to a pharmacy to pick up any medications needed. Also make sure to talk with the doctor before heading to the hospital to find out what supplies can help with the healing process, rehabilitation, or comfort of the patient. Then stop at a medical supply store, such as Corner Medical, to pick them up before going to the hospital. Here are a few examples of things you might need from the medical supply store:
In many situations, the patient may need help getting around the house or to the bathroom. This may be due to some type of bone or joint problem, surgery or a weakened state of health. A medical supply store can provide you with crutches, walkers, canes and wheelchairs. If the condition is going to be long term, or the patient does not have the strength or ability to move the wheels on a wheelchair, you can get a battery-powered wheelchair that requires no physical work.
When there is a problem with the patient getting enough oxygen, due to a temporary lung problem or something that is permanent such as sleep apnea, you can get an oxygen concentrator or CPAP machine at a medical supply store. Get a large oxygen unit for in the house and then something smaller and mobile so the patient can leave the house and still breathe. There are even canisters that can be attached to a wheelchair.
Small, Disposable Items
Don't forget to get things like large bandages, catheters, and ostomy supplies too. Remember to ask the doctor to write these items as a prescription so your insurance will pay for them. However, if they are not things that your insurance will cover, you can order them in bulk to save money. Make sure the store knows to keep the items in stock for you. If you change a size or brand, contact the store to make the changes as soon as you have the new information. This will save you from having to wait, without supplies, while the new items are ordered.
While picking up the oxygen tanks or wheelchair, don't forget to buy the small items you need to fill your home medicine chest. Having everything at home and ready for the patient helps to keep him or her comfortable. You won't have to worry about trying to find all the needed items while your loved one waits in the car either.