We locate the facility, explain the discharge procedure, and communicate with social workers on your behalf.
The discussion needs to include the physical condition of your family member both before and after hospitalization; details of the types of care that will be needed; and whether discharge will be to a facility or home. It also should include information on whether the patientʼs condition is likely to improve; what activities he or she might need help with; information on medications and diet; what extra equipment might be needed, such as a wheelchair, commode, or oxygen; who will handle meal preparation, transportation, and chores; and possibly a referral to home care services.
Effective discharge planning can decrease the chances that your relative is readmitted to the hospital, and can also help in recovery, ensure medications are prescribed and given correctly, and adequately prepare you to take over your loved oneʼs care.
What should the discharge plan include?
The discharge process and plan should address the following items:
• Your loved one’s condition and any likely problems or changes that could occur at home;
• A determination of Medicare or insurance eligibility for the recommended discharge services, e.g., rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health, adult day services;
• Establishment of home care services, and necessary equipment rentals or home modifications;
• Referral to community-based services, e.g., adult day services or case management to help coordinate and manage post-discharge services;
• A review of all medications taken prior to admission and all the medications prescribed to be taken post discharge to ensure no duplications, omissions or harmful side effects;
• A complete written medication list with dosage instructions;
• The teaching and practicing of specific patient care procedures;
• Dates and times of follow-up appointments;
• A 24-hour phone number for the caregiver to call to speak with a health care professional regarding any health and care-related concerns; and
• Transportation home.
Diana M. says she wasn't sure what to do but after speaking with Ms. Berry, she was grateful and knew that something good was going to come from the conversation. She knew her mom would be well taken care of.
I have worked with Senior Care Placement for approximately two years. Every time I make the call for their assistance they never fail to amaze me. The clients I refer are always pleased with their empathy and professionalism. Senior Care Placement has made the transition of clients so easy and effortless. My residents are never turned away due to low income or their levels of care, Senior Care Placement always finds a way! I will continue to use Senior Care Placement, and I am always reminded by clients & their families how well this company worked with them and their circumstances. Thank you Senior Care Placement (Ms. Berry & Ms. Antionette for all you do!)
I appreciate that senior care placement does not only just send a referral but that they also transport the patient and bring all the necessary documentation.