Taking care of yourself at home

Before you are released from the hospital, the nursing staff will provide a copy of your discharge instructions, as well as information about any medications you will be taking at home. Please call your doctor or the nursing staff if you have questions.

Home follow-up

You may receive a phone call from our staff the day after leaving the hospital if you had surgery or your doctor requested that you be called. We want to make sure you are getting the care you need at home and that you understand your discharge instructions.

If you have a referral for a nurse to visit you at home, the homecare agency will receive a copy of your history, physical report, and orders written by your physician. The home-care agency will contact you directly at home.

After your outpatient surgery

For those who have had outpatient surgery, please read what to expect the first 24 hours after surgery and how to prevent surgical site infections.

Hospice care

Hospice services are available for patients and their families facing a life-threatening illness and focus on pain and symptom management and emotional support, including home care, support through our resource centers and hospice volunteer programs, and inpatient care at Westland House, if desired. For more information on hospice care, call (831) 658-3939.

Westland House is at 100 Barnet Segal Lane in Monterey.

For more information, call (831) 658-3772.

The Community Hospital Hospice Resource Center is in Ryan Ranch, at 2 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite D-110 in Monterey. For more information, call (831) 658-3772.

Auxiliary outreach

Community Hospital's Auxiliary offers Telecare, a free service that provides a daily phone call from a volunteer for older and housebound people. For more information, call (831) 625-4557.

Lost and found

If you lose something during your stay, immediately notify your nurse, who will contact Security. If you have been discharged when you discover you've lost an item, contact Security at (831) 624-5311.

 

Preventing falls at home

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