Planning for discharge will begin either before your admission or early in your stay to make sure that your transition from the hospital to home or another health care facility is as smooth as possible. Please be aware that hospital stays nationwide average only a few days. The decision for discharge is often not made until the day you leave, based on your condition and the level of care required, so timely planning is essential.
Your physician and primary nurse will discuss your discharge plan with you. If continuing services are medically necessary after you leave the hospital, a nurse case manager or social worker will assist you in making arrangements. We ask that you be prepared to leave the hospital by 11:00 AM on the day of discharge. If you have difficulty arranging transportation, please inform your nurse as soon as possible.
If you have concerns about your transition from the hospital, please let your physician or primary nurse know. You may also contact clinical resource management at 210-7441 to speak with a nurse case manager.
A registered dietician is available for those seeking a nutritional consultation. An individual session with the dietician can be arranged by simply speaking to your doctor who will refer you and advise you of any preparation or necessary paperwork. During nutrition consultation, patients receive information about calorie and fluid requirements, meals and snacks and even shopping tips.
New Milford Hospital recognizes that patients, along with the people who care for them, are unique in their need for spiritual support. As a Planetree facility, the Hospital is committed to addressing this uniqueness through a variety of ways. The Spiritual Care Department provides a Voluntary Chaplaincy Program, which brings scheduled community clergy into the Hospital on a daily basis and 24/7 for emergencies to enhance care for patients and their families. Information regarding the program will be given to each patient upon admission to the Hospital, when they are also asked about their needs and preferences for religious support and/or visitation. Volunteer chaplains offer non-denominational assistance by request for patients who may not have a religious affiliation, but are interested in a visit. Approved by the Spiritual Care Department, volunteer chaplains represent a variety of faiths, and can offer prayer, encouragement and support of both a religious and non-religious nature based on the needs of the patient.
For more information, call Spiritual Care at 860-210-5285.
New Milford Hospital's speech-language pathologists understand how important the ability to communicate is…and how devastating it is when an illness or injury interferes with that ability.
For in-patients we provide evaluation and treatment for difficulties resulting from stroke (aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, swallowing difficulties), swallowing and feeding evaluation and therapy, communication difficulties and cognitive retraining resulting from neurological processes or disease.
We also provide in-patient and out-patient Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) studies, and treatment for communication and swallowing difficulties resulting from head/neck cancer.
Telephone: (860) 210-5344
Referral Fax: (860) 210-5348
The physical therapy department at New Milford Hospital offers a wide range of in-patient physical therapy services. Treatment diagnoses include therapy for:
The rehabilitation department's goal is to provide quality and compassionate care to all of our patients.
- orthopedic surgery recovery, fractures or amputation
- stroke, neurological disorders
- pulmonary dysfunctions
- burns/wounds, and
- other medical diagnoses resulting in decreased physical functioning
The physical therapy department works closely with an interdisciplinary team, including physicians, nurses, case managers and social workers, as well as other therapy departments. This comprehensive approach works to ensure a safe, therapeutically progressive in-patient stay, as well as an appropriate and safe discharge plan.
- Within 24 hours of a physician referral, a comprehensive, initial evaluation and plan of care that incorporates patient and family-oriented goals, is implemented.
- Treatment includes training and education for gait and stairs, functional mobility, coordination and balance, strengthening exercises, as well as extensive education for patient and family members.
Cardiac Rehabilitation and Supervised Fitness
New Milford Hospital offers cardiac rehabilitation and supervised adult fitness programs. These services are provided by a health care team of licensed professionals, including physical therapists, cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialists and, in the case of our cardiovascular disease prevention program, an exercise physiologist.
Together they address an individual's needs with a comprehensive, medically sound approach. A physician's referral is required to receive therapy and participate in the fitness program.
The center is located at New Milford Hospital. For information, call (860) 210-5328.