Helping you through a hospital stay: Information booklet for older people

About this booklet

Helping you through a hospital stay helps older people to understand and manage the feelings, anxieties and concerns they may have when they are entering or leaving hospital. It suggests how they can be involved in their treatment and care, and in planning for return home.

The booklet has been written and developed with the input of an advisory group of older people who have firsthand experience of going into hospital.

It covers all aspects of the hospital stay including how to prepare for the hospital visit, essential things to pack, what to expect from doctors, nurses, social workers and other professionals, and includes an extensive list of useful contacts for both pre and post hospital care. It will also be an invaluable aid for carers, relatives and friends.

Access the artwork

SCIE has researched, written and designed the booklet in partnership with older people and lead agencies such as Age Concern and the Alzheimer’s Society. We are, however, aware that many organisations will want to add their local contacts prior to distributing it to local communities.

We have therefore made the artwork for this booklet available free of charge. Organisations can add their own local contact details, branding or information to the booklet, and arrange to have it professionally printed and distributed to local contacts.

Download the artwork

Once you have downloaded the PDF file, you will need to:

We do not recommend that you print the booklet on your own office printer as this will not give you the quality that you need. You should contact a professional printing service.

If you have any problems accessing or downloading the PDF files or need advice or help locating a suitable printer, please contact us.


All SCIE resources are free to download, however to access some of the following downloads you will need a free MySCIE account:

Available downloads:

  • Helping you through a hospital stay: Information booklet for older people
  • Easy read summary of helping you through a hospital stay
  • Artwork: Hospital stay booklet black and white (6,169kb PDF file)
  • Artwork: Hospital stay booklet two colour (28,452kb PDF file)
  • Artwork: Hospital stay booklet full colour (15,395kb PDF file)