Your Room and Bed
Upon admission, we quickly assign your room based on your initial diagnosis and bed availability. Our beds are designed with your comfort in mind featuring buttons on the side rails for easy operation. Your nurse will show you how to use these functions, which include:
The nursing staff will keep your bed in the low position, for your comfort with the wheels locked for your safety. An optional bed exit alert may also be used to notify the staff when you leave your bed.
Understanding Your Care
It's important to us that you understand the care we provide. That’s why all of our patient rooms have a whiteboard to communicate necessary details, such as:
- Mobility needs
- Getting in or out of bed
- Using the restroom
- Dietary needs
- Names of your nurse and patient technician
- Pain management goals
If you require assistance to use the restroom, we're happy to assist you. Simply use your call button to alert a member of your Southeastern Med healthcare team and someone will be right with you. Our restrooms are equipped with a pull-cord beside the commode, which turns on the light outside your room and sounds an alert to the staff when you need assistance.
When you’re not feeling well, being away from home and all its comforts can be difficult. We provide a television, free of charge, to keep you entertained and help pass the time. Please be considerate of other patients by moderating the volume or closing the door.
We may need to turn the television volume down when we care for you.
Your communication needs are crucial to your recovery and it's important to us that you understand your health care. If you need help seeing, hearing or reading, speak with your nurse and we'll provide aides to help you communicate with your medical team.
We understand the importance of connecting with family and friends, so every patient room has a telephone so that you may update a friend about your condition or talk with your family through a difficult time. Your telephone can be operated as follows:
- Incoming calls can be received between 7am and 11pm.
- Calls received beyond that time period will be directed to the nurse's station.
- Local calls are made by dialing 9 and then the number.
- Long-distance and toll calls must be charged to your home phone or a calling card. They can be made by dialing 0.
- Please ask a nurse if you'd like a phone book.
Equipment If you have any questions about the equipment in your room feel free to ask your nurse or a staff member. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.
There are several standard items in our patient rooms that are there to help us with your care. On the wall, there are boxes of gloves and a container for disposing used needles and sharp objects. You'll also notice a clear box of emergency equipment. For your safety, we ask that you do not tamper with these items.
Items like jewelry, wallets and laptops are valuable and important. We'd hate for them to get lost or damaged during your care at Southeastern Med, so we ask that you consider leaving valuables at home or with your family and friends.
If you're unable to send items home, we have a safe for storage until your discharge. If you choose to keep valuables in your room, please keep them in the over-bed table or the closet area and understand that you are responsible for them.
It’s important to us that you feel safe and comfortable during your overnight stay.
Spending the night in unfamiliar surroundings, especially if under the influence of certain medications, like pain medicine or sleeping pills, can cause accidents if you get out of bed. We encourage you to remain in bed throughout the night and use your call button if you need assistance.
We hope not to disturb your rest, but please take comfort in the fact that our nurses and patient technicians will check on you as often as possible to ensure that your safety and personal needs are met.