Hospitalization can be a confusing, frightening and overwhelming experience, but it can be even more so for people with developmental or cognitive disabilities. These emotions may result in their inability or unwillingness to cooperate in their own care, combativeness leading to compromised safety or the need for sedation, and overall family dissatisfaction with the hospital experience.
With this in mind, Rush now offers a special tour to help prepare adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities for hospitalization and, if needed, surgery. The-two hour program is designed to show patients what they will likely experience during their stay at the hospital. Patients and guardians can:
Tour parts of the hospital, including admitting, surgery and the unit they will be staying on
See and handle some of the medical equipment that may be used to care for them, such as stethoscopes, syringes, blood pressure cuffs and oxygen masks
Receive a developmentally appropriate explanation about why they are coming to the hospital and what will happen when they do
Learn how to make the health care encounter a more positive one
To register or learn more about the program, call the help line at (312) 942-7806.