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Preparing for Appointments or Inpatient Stays

  • We believe healing is a shared responsibility between healthcare professionals, patients and families. Coming to your appointment prepared puts you on the right path toward recovery.

    Questions you should be prepared to answer

    • Medical history. Plan to share details of past illnesses or operations.
    • Medications. Including vitamins, supplements and dosage information.
    • Representative. Please choose one or two family members to act as a representative to your larger circle of family or friends. Your representative also serves as the chief contact for staff to share updates and explain care plans.

    What to Bring

    • Insurance card
    • Photo identification
    • A copy of your advance directives  
    • Referral forms
    • A list of allergies
    • Medications

    What to Leave at Home

    • Valuables such as jewelry
    • Firearms and weapons. If found, these will be taken to a locked facility and returned when you leave.
    • Tobacco products. Einstein facilities are smoke-free.
    • Drugs and drug paraphernalia
    • Large amounts of cash
    • Your extended family

    Being prepared will help you make the most of your next doctor visit. Listen to this podcast to hear what Einstein doctors recommend you should do before, during and after your appointment.