When you are ill, the hospital can feel like a very safe place. You may look forward to going home, but the thought of being away from the hospital and your healthcare team can also be quite scary.
If everyone plans ahead and talks about any possible problems beforehand, going home should be a positive step.
Talking to people about any worries you have about going home can really help. You can often have this kind of discussion with a nurse or social worker while you are still in hospital. Start by discussing the medical things, and then go on to talk about your emotions, which are just as important. This is the time to talk about any concerns you have. For example, if you are worried the people close to you will fuss too much, or aren’t sure how going home will affect your relationships with them.
If you are going home to your family, there may be things you could agree on before you go home. For example, having a space in the house where you can have some time to yourself.
It is also important to understand that sometimes going home can be an anti-climax. You may have been looking forward to it so much that you expected everything to be fantastic. But when you get there, you may realise that everyone has continued with their lives and you feel a bit left out. It may also be very quiet at home compared to being in hospital, and this can take a while to get used to.
Remember that you haven’t fully recovered yet and you need to rest. It is also normal to feel down sometimes. Getting in touch with some close friends, including friends you made in hospital, may help. Spending time with your family, for example watching a film or playing a game, can also help you settle back into life at home.