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Recovery From Hospitalization - Parents

After discharge from the hospital, both you and your child will need recovery time. Normal routines have been upset for the entire family. Just as it took time to get ready to go to the hospital, it will take time at home to recover.

Being home from the hospital requires some adjustment for everyone, and the recovery process will be different for each child and family.

When your child is discharged from the hospital, you will need time to talk about what happened and quiet time to collect yourself. Do things to help get back to a normal routine. Don’t expect too much too soon. Take the time you need.

The following chart outlines some phases you, as parents, may experience.

  Discharge From Hospital

Parents’ Interaction With:

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3


Spending extra time with child

Allowing clinging/regressive behavior

Allowing some special privileges

Needing signals from child that he is okay

Normal family routine


Talking about hospitalization

Sharing feelings

Special time alone with spouse/partner

Assessing impact of hospital expenses

Normal spouse/partner relationship

Feeling safe and settled

Planning resolution of uncovered hospital expenses


Help from special friends/relatives

Making some phone calls

Needing less help from others


Normal socializing


Calls to hospital for reassurance

Altered work schedule

Resuming normal community activities/relationships/work responsibilities

Feeling unthreatened, comfortable with routine Heart Institute visits

Resuming all normal adult activities

Last Update
March 25, 2013
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Last Update
March 25, 2013