Planning in Advance for a Hospital Discharge
A trip to the hospital can be a stressful time for patients and their families. They are not thinking of what happens when they go home.
Most people are so concerned with getting to the hospital they fail to consider what happens when it is time to go home. This is no big surprise.
The anticipation leading up to a big event like surgery or treatment for an illness, can often be worse than the actual event itself. You have to make sure you have all the right documents in order and all the personal belongings you may need while you are there. Plus, there is also the worry of possible complications that may arise.
This makes it all very easy to overlook the release date. Nobody wants to look that far ahead until it needs to be dealt with. Unfortunately, in many cases it is too late by then.
Hospital Discharge Planning
Planning for a hospital release is actually much more important than you might think. A well orchestrated discharge plan can be the difference between a full recovery and a return trip to the hospital.
Any disruption in the healing process can result in serious set backs and a compromised recovery.
Hospital discharge planning is essential to make the transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible.
The best way to make an effective plan is with the help of an experienced professional.
Talk with an experienced professional
Retire-At-Home Services is highly reputable home care agency that specializes in hospital discharge planning for patients and their families.
The help of a professional ensures an efficient plan to avoid any interruption in the healing process.
What is Involved in a Hospital Discharge?
There are several stages that occur at the time of release from the hospital.
The steps are typically:
• Doctor appraisal
• Communication with patient, family members and alternative health care providers
• Preparing and planning next level of care – this can be home care or another health facility
• Deciding if extra care will be issued upon release
• Referrals to other health care professionals if necessary
• Setting up follow up appointments
Leaving the Hospital
As you can see, a hospital release is a fairly involved process and it takes careful planning to avoid any further complications.
For example, what if you are released early? Are you prepared to deal with that effectively?
In Canada’s overcrowded hospitals, that is a very real possibility.
Is your home ready for the next level of care, to make the transition seamless?
These are the kinds of things that experienced nurses and caregivers at Retire-At-Home Services can anticipate and deal with on your behalf.
Plans can also be made right from the hospital if you find yourself there unexpectedly due to injury or sudden illness.
Benefits of Hospital Discharge Planning
There are plenty of advantages to getting assistance with hospital release planning.
Some of the main benefits are:
• Assistance from an experienced professional will cut down on confusion and unexpected complications
• Uninterrupted recovery
• Home safety preparation prior to release
• In-hospital assessment and planning with registered nurse
• Arrangement of any required home medical supplies and equipment
• Transportation arrangement and assistance
• Home care services upon return home
• Ongoing support including nurse case management
• Peace of mind