Discharge Planning

Your doctor will let you know which day you will be discharged, or ready to go home, from the hospital. We ask that you make arrangements ahead of time with family members or friends for a ride home.

Before your discharge, your nurse will bring you a set of directions for you to follow once you leave the hospital. These directions could include information such as: how to take your medications, what to eat, when to call your doctor, what kind of activity you can do, how to bathe (if you have bandages or wounds), and when you can return to work. The discharge directions provide guidelines for how to best take care of yourself after you leave the hospital.

Depending on your health, you might need more care after you are discharged from the hospital. Some patients need home care services, special equipment, or a short stay in a rehabilitation facility. If your doctor determines this is true for you, one of our case management nurses and a social worker will stop by your room to talk with you about leaving the hospital, and to assist with a plan for your discharge.