Inpatient Information (Hospital Stays)

We hope the following information will be helpful to you as you plan for your inpatient hospital visit.

Your Room

We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your inpatient stay. Your room includes an electronic adjustable bed, a nurse call button, a telephone, and a color television. Televisions are in every room, free of charge, and include the major networks. Telephones are also in every room. If you have trouble hearing or seeing, please tell your nurse. He or she can bring you an amplified telephone. Both local and long distance calls are free of charge.

Internet

Patients who have their own devices with wireless connections can log into our guest network. However, access to the Internet is at your own risk. We recommend that guest network users have personal antivirus and security on their devices. Grace Cottage is unable to provide technical support to users of the guest network. Grace Cottage is not responsible for any hardware or software issues that may arise before, during, or after use of the guest network.

Meals

Our Food Services Department provides nutritious and appetizing meals that follow your physician’s dietary recommendations. A menu will be provided to you at lunch that allows you to choose your food selections for the following day. A registered dietician is available to answer any questions regarding your dietary restrictions and to address other nutritional concerns you may have.

Meals are served at the following times:

Breakfast: 7:10 a.m.
Lunch: 12:10 p.m.
Dinner: 5:10 p.m.

At any time, if you would like a hot or cold beverage or a snack, please ask your nurse.

Visitors may purchase food in the cafeteria. For visitors, the cafeteria is open for breakfast sandwiches from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (quantities are limited), and for lunch from 12:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.

The Grace Cottage Dietary Department has made a commitment to  “Healthy Food in Healthcare.” In fact, we have increased our reliance on locally sourced foods to over 36%. Read more about our commitment to serving healthy, local food in an article written by Dietary Director Denise Choleva.

Note: Although our gluten-free menu items are made and cooked using dedicated kitchen utensils and trays, they are prepared in the same facility and ovens as our regular foods.  We cannot guarantee that our menu items are 100% free of gluten as there is always a possibility of trace amounts crossing over from other kitchen areas.

Personal Items

Grace Cottage provides hospital patients with cotton nightgowns, which are specifically designed to aid in the placement of IV lines and monitors. However, you may bring your own bedclothes such as a nightgown, robe, and/or pajamas. We also provide a personal hygiene kit, which contains a wash basin, soap and soap dish, and lotion. Toothpaste and brush, bath powder, shampoo, comb, and additional body lotion are available at your request.

What To Bring:

  • A list of your current medications, including over-the-counter medications, herbals, and supplements.
  • Any necessary aid items, such as eyeglasses, dentures, and hearing aids, along with the appropriate cases.
  • A current copy of your insurance card. This allows us to complete insurance information, which will speed up handling of your hospital bill and avoid errors and confusion.
  • You may want to bring a nightgown, robe and/or pajamas. (Don’t forget socks and underwear!)
  • Any preferred toiletry items.
  • Books, crossword puzzles, or your iPad—any items that will make your stay more pleasant.

What Not To Bring:

  • Large sums of money
  • Jewelry
  • Fragrances or perfumes. Out of respect for those with fragrance sensitivities, please do not bring fragrances or perfumes.
  • Your medications, unless specifically instructed by your doctor or nurse.

Please note that we cannot guarantee security for your valuables.

Activities

Books, magazines, puzzles, board games, and cards are available from our Activities Director.

Going Home

Our goal is to get you home as soon as you are ready. Before you go home, you will be given an instruction sheet detailing the results of your care at Grace Cottage. The sheet includes any changes to your medications, special diet orders and other important information, all of which will be reviewed with you prior to discharge. Please ask questions about your discharge plan. If you feel that you are not quite ready for discharge, tell your nurse or discharge planner.

On the day of discharge, you will need to make arrangements for your trip home. If you need help getting home, please let your nurse or social worker know. After you go home, you may receive a telephone call or survey in the mail, asking you about the care you received while at Grace Cottage. Information from these surveys helps us to continually improve care.