We are also aware of the pivotal role that family and friends play as your support system in your preparation and recovery. It is important to us that your loved ones are involved in your care.
The staff at Holy Cross Hospital will work with you and your family to ensure both you and your support system are prepared, educated and informed.
We further this commitment to cooperative care by encouraging you, in the initial stages of preparation, to designate a family member of friend who will serve as your "support coach" and will help you through the process.
Your coach can be your spouse, child, sibling or friend - any person who wants to support you throughout this process. Your coach will be involved in every aspect of your experience, from preparation through recovery. Here are some things you and your coach can do:
- Review your guidebook
- Develop your TEAM's plan:
- Activities of daily living
- Medical history, medication and meals
Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you and your coach will be greeted at patient registration. Your coach will be given a pager. After the surgery, the surgeon will call for your coach.
After surgery, you and your coach should recognize your daily successes, such as feeling less pain, having increased mobility and independence and generally feeling better.