To make your stay as comfortable as possible, you should think about what you need while you are in hospital. The Hull and East Yorkshire NHS website (opens in a new window) has some advice and guidance for people going into hospital on what they should and should not bring with them.
Support while you are in hospital
If you are in hospital and require additional support during your stay, you may be referred to a hospital social worker. A social worker can support you, your family and carers with any practical or personal difficulties you may have. If you already have a social care worker who has been visiting you in your home, he/she will be fully informed regarding your stay in hospital and return home and will visit you again when you have returned home.
The Butterfly Scheme (support for people with dementia)
The Butterfly Scheme makes clear to hospital staff those patients who may have a memory or cognitive impairment due to dementia or other condition associated with the same and provides staff with a simple, practical strategy for meeting their needs. The patients receive more effective and appropriate care, reducing their stress levels and increasing their safety and well-being.
The Butterfly scheme should be offered by your healthcare team prior to your hospital stay. However, you can ask to opt into the scheme by telling the hospital staff, or asking for the Butterfly champion or Dementia lead.
Find out more from The Butterfly Scheme's website (opens in a new window).