Home Bound 101
If you are home bound, even for a short period of time, it's advisable to take reasonable steps to make your home safe and friendly.
If family and friends aren't available to take care of personal and/or household chores there are services available. Groceries, and even meals, can be delivered to your home.
Stay connected with people. In adidtion to people who may live with you or who come to visit, don't wait for other people to contact you. Telephones, e mail and text messages work both ways.
You can stay connected with your doctor by telephone. Many doctors also connect to patients via email and video over the internet. There are even doctors who will make house calls if needed. To find a doctor who makes house calls, go to www.aachm.org
NOTE: It's important to start getting exercise as soon as your doctor permits. Exercise helps prove physical and emotional health. There are exercises to do in bed and others to do while sitting in a chair.
If you are home bound for an extended period of time, keep in mind that your caregivers need "respite care" - a break from taking care of you. If no one can be found to cover you, it is likely that you could find a residential nursing facility where you can stay overnight. There are programs for child care or after-school programs.
"Just in case:" it is advisable for everyone to keep an emergency bag packed in case of an emergency trip to a hospital.
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