According to Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, a visit to the hospital can be like travelling to a foreign country for many.

People do not speak the "language" and are expected to answer intimate questions posed to by complete strangers.

Patients are awake when they should be sleeping and asleep when they should be awake.

A hospital stay can be far easier, however, if patients do their homework in advance and ask the right questions.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will present Navigating Your Hospital Stay at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road in Darien, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m.

This program, which is free-of-charge, is part of the library's Health and Wellness Series and it is open to the public.

In this interactive program, participants will learn what is most important to know before entering a hospital.

They will also learn why having a discharge plan is crucial in order to avoid winding up back in the hospital again.

The program will be presented by Sue Worland, RN. Worland is a hospital liaison nurse with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and she has more than four decades of hospital, home care and hospice nursing experience.

"Most people don't realize that they have a right to participate in clinical decisions," Worland said.

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"Everyone should have a healthcare advocate when they enter a hospital."

For more information, or to register for the program on Navigating Your Hospital Stay, contact the Darien Library at 203-655-1234.

Celebrating its 100th year of service to the community, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is a nonprofit organization and provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for adults and children in Darien and throughout Fairfield County.

Visit Visiting Nurse and Hospice online at www.visitingnurse.net.