Discharge from Hospital
After the Hospital: A Guide to Post-Acute Care
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Planning for transition
Case managers meet with patients on the day after admission to discuss anticipated follow-up care. Working with the patient and the health care team, the case manager develops a plan for transition to home or another level of care. This plan is re-evaluated daily and kept up to date on the white board in the hospital room. The day before discharge, patients meet with their case managers and family members to establish a discharge time and plan.
The attending physician and nurse give patients instructions about post hospital care, including diet, medications, activities, follow-up care and equipment needs. Patients will need to make arrangements with family or friends ahead of time to arrange for transportation home and assistance once at home. Patients who go from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility will have transportation arranged for them by the case manager.