Planning a Successful Discharge from the Hospital

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Tips for Successful Hospital Discharge

Transitioning from the hospital to home can be complicated and overwhelming for a senior and his or her loved ones. It is not uncommon for things to become confusing if the parties involved are unsure what questions to ask or what information is needed for their senior loved one to return safely to home. Here are a few tips to help ensure a successful hospital discharge and transition home.

Obtain Contact Information

First, you’ll want to speak with the discharge planner and be sure to have his or her contact information, as he or she will most likely be the main person who will make any arrangements needed for your loved one to transition back home. The discharge planner might recommend therapies or a San Antonio In-Home Care agency, so be sure you have all necessary contact information before leaving. Additionally, if any durable medical equipment is being ordered, such as a hospital bed, walker, or other items, you will want to obtain the contact information for those companies as well. You’ll also want to secure a copy of the prescriptions and medical documentation used to obtain these items or services.

Understand Prescribed Medications

Upon discharge, the hospital or rehabilitation facility should provide caregivers and family members with a list of all medications your loved one will take once home. Make sure the list includes medication name, dosage, and dosage frequency. Additionally, look for any special instructions such as “take only at night”. If you have any questions regarding the medications on the list, speak with a nurse or the discharge planner before you leave the facility with your loved one.

Plan Ongoing Care Management 

Once your loved one returns home, it will be important to monitor him or her for a few days. You will want to make sure he or she isn’t exhibiting any medication side effects or serious symptoms requiring medical attention. If you are unavailable to stay with your loved one, you might consider a 24/7 live-in caregiver who can provide safety monitoring and support. Ongoing home care can also provide your loved one help with errands, chores around the house, and daily responsibilities, making his or her recovery as comfortable and efficient as possible.

In addition to providing trusted live-in care to San Antonio families, Home Care Assistance is also a leading provider of stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care in San Antonio. Whether your loved one experienced a major medical event or received a serious diagnosis, when he or she is ready to return home, we are ready to help. Call an experienced Care Manager at (210) 495-6300 to learn more about our services and schedule a free in-home consultation.


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