Patient and Visitor Information
At Coast Plaza Hospital, we strive to provide each patient with the compassionate and high-quality care they deserve. Your admission here at Coast Plaza Hospital is the first step to better health. Although going to the hospital can disrupt your daily routine, our staff is here to make your visit as comfortable as possible and help get you on your way to recovery.
Knowing what to expect during your hospital stay will make the treatment and recovery process much smoother for you. The information below addresses common questions and requests from our patients and their families.
Preparing for Admission
While some hospital stays may be unexpected, there are several steps you can take before a planned visit to ensure an enjoyable experience during your stay. If your physician has given you specific instructions to prepare for your hospital visit, it is important that you follow these guidelines closely. These instructions may include changes to your diet, medications, and/or daily activities. Contact your physician if you have any questions about your pre-admission instructions.
Before your hospitalization, we also recommend that our patients complete the Five Wishes questionnaire, a low-cost care planning tool provided by Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving human dignity and promoting better care for those near the end of life.
While most hospitalizations are uneventful, completing the Five Wishes will ensure that your loved ones know more about your wishes regarding your care. This questionnaire helps you identify who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them, the kind of medical treatment you do or don’t want, how you want people to treat you, and how comfortable you want to be. Click here to learn more about Five Wishes, or contact our Social Services Department at (562) 868-3751 ext. 2147.
What to Bring and What to Leave at Home
When you check in at the hospital, you will be provided with basic hygiene items, such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste for your convenience. You may also want to bring personal items such as a bathrobe, slippers, and other personal care items from home to make your hospital stay more comfortable. Personal items such as hearing aids, eyeglasses, and dentures are the responsibility of the patient.
The hospital also does not accept responsibility for belongings lost or left behind. Please leave all valuables at home, including money, jewelry, credit cards, and cellular phones. For emergency situations in which the patient has valuables in their possession, we recommend giving them to a family member for safekeeping or request our admitting staff to have the items inventoried and deposited into the hospital’s safe deposit box.
If you are taking any medications, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements, please bring a list of all medications you are currently taking.