Hospital discharge planning checklist

Hospital discharge planning checklist

Hospital Discharge

Before you leave the hospital with the one you are caring for you will want to feel prepared. During a hospital stay, the allied health care team including doctors, nurses, social workers, and discharge planners are available to develop a plan, answer your questions, and talk to you about any concerns you or the one you are caring for has about going home.

Tips for a successful transition home

  • Take notes about conversations that take place and keep all medical and health information organized and together.
  • Ask questions until you understand and get the answers you need.
  • Make a list of what needs to be done, who can do it, and who can help.
  • Talk with someone who has been in your situation to help you prepare and know what to expect.

Preparing to leave the hospital

  • How do I care for any wounds, cuts, or incisions? Can you show me how to do this?
  • Where do I get the supplies to care for the wound? Do I need to buy them?
  • Will a nurse come to visit the home?
  • What food or drinks should be avoided? For how long?
  • Are there any activities that should be avoided: driving, sex, heavy lifting, or climbing stairs? For how long?
  • Are there any activities that should be avoided: driving, sex, heavy lifting, or climbing stairs? For how long?
  • What exercises are good? When and how often should they be done?
  • What do I need to make our home safe?
  • Will there be any assistive devices required? If so, where do I get them? Who pays for them?

Getting Home

  • Will I need help when we get home? If so, who will help me? What do they need to get ready?
  • What should I do if there is no one at home who can help?
  • Are there transportation arrangements that need to be made?

Medications

  • What medications need to be taken? Can the same medications be taken as before the hospital stay?
  • What is the name of this medicine? Is this the generic or brand name?
  • Why is the medication taken? How much is to be taken? What does this medicine look like?
  • What are the potential side effects of this medication? What problems do I look for?
  • Will this medicine interfere with other medication, foods, vitamins, or other herbal supplements?
  • Where and how do I get this medication?
  • What medication can be taken for pain? Upset stomach? Headaches? Allergies?

Complications

  • What complications do I need to watch for when we get home? If I have an issue who do I call? What do I do?
  • Who do I call if I have a concern/question once we get home?

Follow up

  • What appointments are needed after we leave the hospital? Can the hospital help me make these appointments?
  • Are we waiting on results of any tests? When should we get the results?
  • Are there tests needed after we leave the hospital?

Home Assistance

  • When we get home, what kind of help or care will be needed? Should someone be at home all the time?
  • Will we need home care? For how long? Who pays for it?
  • How do I arrange respite care for myself?
  • Will physical or occupational therapy be required? For how long? Who pays for it?
  • Will any equipment be required such as crutches or oxygen? Where do I get it? Who pays for it? How long will it need to be used?
 

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