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I have a doctor’s appointment in a few days. What can I do …

Q:I have a doctor’s appointment in a few days. What can I do to prepare for it? A: There are a number of things you can do to get ready for your appointment and to make your visit a more positive and productive experience. Here are some suggestions:

Make a list of your symptoms. Make a list of questions you want to ask. Bring a list of your family medical history, medications, and... Read more

I was just released from the hospital. Do I need to make an…

Q: I was just released from the hospital. Do I need to make an appointment to see my regular doctor? A: Approximately one in five Medicare beneficiaries in the United States is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge; up to 76 percent of these readmissions may be preventable. A common reason for readmissions is the absence of timely follow-up appointments with primary care providers to assist patients with... Read more

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T = Transition from one care setting to another or home

Materials are available that discuss the array of care settings and encourage appropriate discussions and advance planning for health care decisions.

Resources

Care About Your Care: Patient Resources
Care About Your Care offers tips and tools, including worksheet forms to help patients avoid being readmitted to the hospital.

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Caregiver Action Network
Network that provides education, peer support and resources to family caregivers across the country, free of charge.

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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's
Provided by the National Institutes of Health, this website provides information about Alzheimer's disease and answers to FAQs.

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Check for Safety
This tool, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a home prevention checklist for older adults. (also available in Spanish: Lista de seguridad)

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Cómo cuidarme: Guia para cuando salga del hospital
This guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is for providers to give patients the information they need to help them care for themselves when they leave the hospital: in Spanish.

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Going Home
This editable workbook, provided by the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundations, offers suggestions for what to do when going home after a surgical hospital stay, including discharge questions to ask and post-operative, at-home care instructions.

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Hospital to Home: Plan for a Smooth Transition
This guide is intended for older adults, their families and the caregivers who help them transition successfully from a hospital to home.

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Lista de seguridad
This tool, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a home prevention checklist for older adults: in Spanish.

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NIH Senior Health Long-Term Care
Provided by the National Institutes of Health, this website offers information relating to long-term care and services provided.

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No Place Like Home Campaign
Hosted by No Place Like Home Nevada, this site offers tools and resources that aim to assist patients and providers in their efforts to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions that occur within 30 days of discharge.

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Salt Lake County Community Care Transitions Program
In-home services are available for those at risk of premature placement in facility-based care or individuals transitioning from one care setting to another.

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Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital
A guide for providers to give patients the information they need to help them care for themselves when they leave the hospital. (also available in Spanish: Cómo cuidarme: Guia para cuando salga del hospital)

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