Discharge from the hospital happens when your symptoms stabilize and you can continue recovery in another setting. Depending on your case, you may discharge to:
- Go home with support of family or friends.
- Go home with outside support – such as home health, hospice or outpatient treatments.
- Transfer to a rehabilitation or nursing home skilled facility.
- Transfer to another type of specialty hospital.
When possible, discharged patients leave before noon.
Planning for Your Discharge
We want you to have the help you need when you leave the hospital, and we encourage you and your family to work with us on a discharge plan. If you have questions about your discharge, talk to your case manager, social worker, doctors, or nurses.
These questions will help you with discharge plans:
- Do you plan to return to where you were living before you came to the hospital?
- Do you have friends or family members that will be able to help you after discharge?
- Are you currently able to get around your home without difficulty?
- Do you have problems getting or taking your medication?
- Do you have new medications and do you understand their side effects?
- What medical supplies or equipment do you use at home? Do you need supplies or equipment?
- Do you see a doctor regularly? Do you have a ride to doctor appointments?
- Does your health limit your ability to do your day-to-day activities (bathe, cook, dress, etc.)?
- Do you have questions about your disease/illness and how to manage your care when you leave the hospital?
- What most worries you about leaving the hospital?