When your physician decides that you are medically stable and ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order will be written. Our Case Management staff can make arrangements for discharge needs prior to your leaving the hospital. This may include: home care, durable medical equipment, skilled nursing services and long-term care placement.
Your physician and nurse will give you a written copy of instructions to follow at home. This includes:
- Information about your medication
- Diet recommendations and restrictions
- When to follow up with your physician
It may be necessary for you to be seen by the pharmacist and a representative of the Case Management Department prior to discharge. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your physician or your nurse.
You may need to make arrangements with friends or family to assist you when it's time to go home. Be sure to collect all of your belongings before leaving.
Right to Review Discharge Process
If you are a Medicare patient and feel you are being discharged from the hospital too soon, you have the right to a review process under the Medicare Program. The review process is explained on your copy of "An Important Message From Medicare" that you signed on admission to the hospital.