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What To Expect After Your Stay At Cottonwood Springs

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Your care does not end once you leave the hospital. To continue your recovery, you should engage in follow-up care. Participating in follow-up care supports your transition back home. It may also reduce the chance of you being readmitted to the hospital. Follow-up care helps you maintain the progress made during hospitalization. Research shows that patients who participate in follow-up care often have better health outcomes.

The first thing you can do to support your recovery is to be sure that you fully understand your discharge plan. Before you leave the hospital, you will meet with a therapist who will go over the discharge plan with you. Please be sure you understand every aspect of the recommendations outlined in the plan. Ask questions. Be sure you understand any medications that you should be taking and any that you should not be taking.

You may also want to continue to use the internet-based program that you used during your hospital stay to record your thoughts and progress. You should not hesitate to seek social support from family, loved ones and others to encourage you and help you follow your treatment plan.

In many cases, patients participate in one of the Cottonwood Springs outpatient programs to facilitate their transition back to their everyday lives. These programs include the Partial Hospitalization Program, which meets six hours a day, five days a week or the Intensive Outpatient Program, which meets three hours a day, three days a week.

Cottonwood Springs also offers a weekly support group for alumni of our Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs. The purpose of the alumni group is to provide a forum for alumni to meet together and provide ongoing support to each other.