If you’re visiting someone in the hospital, make sure they’re prepared for you to stop by. It's hard to be modest in the hospital. Flimsy gowns, fluid-filled tubes, and doctor's examinations can mean showing more skin than a person is used to. Additionally, medications can make people less aware of modesty issues and when modesty breaches are remembered at a later time, they might be embarrassed. Calling ahead before you visit a friend or family member allows them to decide if they are feeling up to having company, and to prepare for your visit.