Your Hospital Stay
If you are going to be transferred to the Surgical Unit, your family and friends are welcome to visit anytime during visiting hours. These are usually between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Rest and comfort are important for recovery, so limiting the number of visitors and visits is encouraged. Recovering from surgery is hard work. You will find your usual sleep patterns will be disrupted while you are in the hospital because of the need to monitor you. You will probably be napping intermittently day and night.
Ask your nurse to control your visitors if you are overwhelmed and not getting enough rest. Your phone calls can, also, be blocked if you want some uninterrupted time.
You may want to have a family member be your spokesperson until you are less tired. Other family members and friends can contact this person for updates on your progress.
Eating at the Hospital
Providence Centralia Hospital has made a commitment to put an end to “hospital food”. Chefs are on staff and provide healthy food options 24 hours a day. The program is called Cuisine on Call, and it allows patients to order food from a menu when they are hungry. Instructions and a menu will be available to you after you have been cleared to use this service by your medical team.
You need to be well-nourished in order to make the best progress in your recovery. Our highly-rated nutrition services staff will work closely with you to ensure that happens.
Discharge from Providence Centralia Hospital
Your medical team will work hard to safely return you to your home following your surgery. These are some general guidelines to use when evaluating your ability to be safely discharged. Even if you cannot meet all of these, you will still be discharged if you have a reliable and dependable caregiver at home.
- Be in stable physical and medical condition
- Be able to understand and follow precautions for your post-operative care
- Receive adequate pain control from oral medications
- Be able to get in/out of bed safely
- Be able to empty your bowel and bladder independently
- Be able to care for yourself (bathing, toileting, dressing, etc) or have help in your home to assist with these activities.
- Have arrangements finalized for getting needed equipment and/or services at home.