Prepare for an Appointment
No one ever expects to become sick and require hospitalization. That's why it is important to plan ahead. With a little advance knowledge and planning, your admission to one of Lake Erie Regional Health System’s hospitals will be relatively quick and easy.
Here is a list of some of the things you should consider before being admitted to one of our hospitals:
- Advance Directive/Health Care Proxy
Completing an Advance Directive or 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. If you have an Advance Directive/Health Care Proxy, bring a copy when you report to Admitting. You can get the forms at your physician's office or Brooks Memorial Hospital.
For more information on healthcare proxies, Click Here.
- Contact Person
It is important to designate someone to be your contact person. This is someone that the health-care team can 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.).