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Hospital Bag


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Pack your bag!

Especially relevant at Christmas time…….

Make sure you have a hospital bag packed for someone elderly you care for especially if they are not in the best of health.Such a simple idea that can really prevent someone elderly from having an even worse time if admitted to hospital in an emergency.

A hospital bag should contain any items that someone may need for a stay including; night clothes, slippers, light dressing gown, underwear, incontinence pads if used, wash kit, glasses, a list of contact numbers, a puzzlebook, and pen. It is also useful to have a recent prescription sheet and a copy of any paperwork such as expression of wishes/health directive. Don’t forget to put a house key in either, hospitals have a habit of discharging patients in the middle of the night, shocking!

A ready packed hospital bag would have avoided this sad senario. I visited a lady recently who was admitted to hospital unexpectedly and she had none of her own clothes and had not had personal visitors in a week. She was low, angry and had felt abandoned. Not only, lonely she was also de-personalised by not having some of her own clothes. She had become angry towards the nursing staff as a result. Her protest was concluded by her tipping a cup of drinking water onto the floor!!

Had she had a hospital bag packed some of these issues would have been avoided.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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