The time to start thinking about planning for your discharge is when you are admitted to the hospital. When you are admitted, you will receive a bright yellow information "Admission to Discharge" folder. Please keep this near your bed and use it to store the materials you receive, including the patient guide, hospital information, discharge and medication information, and physician/healthcare team business cards.
Your nurse or patient care coordinator will help you plan for discharge, including:
- Arrange placement at a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation facility to continue your care
- Set up home nursing services if you need them
- Arrange delivery of medical equipment-such as a wheelchair, walker or oxygen
- Understand your insurance benefit for post-discharge services
Speak with your nurse or patient care coordinator if you have concerns about returning to your living situation without additional assistance.