Do I Need to Be Hospitalized?
If you need inpatient care, get in and out of the
hospital as quickly as possible. This will reduce costs and your risk of
hospital-acquired infections. For more information, see
Navigating Your Hospital Stay. To avoid extra
days in the hospital, you may be able to bring in extra help at home. Ask about home nursing
services to help while you recover.
If you have a terminal
illness, hospitalization may not be your only choice. Many people choose to
spend their remaining time at home with the people they know and love. Special
arrangements can be made through
hospice care programs in most communities. For more information, see the topic Hospice Care.