If you have more than one person assisting you or there are lots of new things going on you may want to keep a notebook where you record what time you took a medication, or preformed a task. Even though you think you’ll remember, it is easy to lose track. If you have multiple caregivers and or they live at a distance you may want to consider using electronic means to keep current. There is even a free website called CaringTies.com where caregivers can keep track of your current status.
Another important thing is to know who to call when. Make sure you get contact information before you leave the hospital and know what things should be followed-up on immediately such as shortness of breath, intense pain or a fever and what can wait until offices are open. Being informed and prepared can help make your hospital stay and discharge successful.
Otsego County residents who would like additional information on this or other topics are welcome to call the Office for the Aging at either the Cooperstown office at 547-4232 or the Oneonta office at 432-9041.
Frances Wright is director of the Otsego County Office for the Aging. ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/seniorscene.