LARGO – During National Rehabilitation Week, recognized Sept. 21-27, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo will celebrate Passport to Independence, highlighting effective ways to guide patients to their ultimate goal of going home.
HealthSouth hospitals provide the Passport to Independence for patients overcoming challenges after an illness or injury. Whether it’s an out of town trip or an excursion around the world, it is important for patients with disabilities and medical conditions and their families to know how to prepare for traveling. Following is a list of tips from www.travel.state.gov to help patients use their independence safely when traveling:
• Know before you go – Preparation is critical. If you don’t travel frequently, speak to someone with a similar disability who has traveled to your destination before.
• Research medical care and costs – Consult with your physician prior to your travel overseas to identify your health care needs during your trip.
• Carry medical alert information – Carry all necessary medical information and a letter from your health care provider describing your medical condition, medications, potential complications and other pertinent medical information.
• Carry sufficient prescription medication – Carry enough medication to last your entire trip, including extra medicine in case you are delayed.
• Understand your Social Security benefit – If you are thinking about an extended trip abroad, find out if you can receive your Social Security or other federal agency benefits outside the United States.
“Getting patients to their destination of independence is our mission at HealthSouth Largo,” said Tripp Smith in a press release. Smith is CEO of HealthSouth Largo. “National Rehabilitation Week provides a great opportunity for our hospital to provide various tips and precautions when traveling while highlighting the various clinicians and experts who help our patients reach their individual goals.”