As a nurse, when I would discharge a patient from the hospital, it was one of the best parts of my day. Knowing that they were well enough to go home and get back to their life was amazing. There were many times when they would leave and I knew they didn’t have the support they needed at home and I would worry about what happens to them. Were they well cared for, could they manage all the new medications, did I explain the discharge instructions well enough, were they going to return when they didn’t need to? I always wished I had more time to make sure they understood everything, but many times it just wasn’t enough.
As healthcare progresses, patients are being asked to do more for themselves at home with minimal training or education. This can lead to frustration or another trip back to the hospital. Here are some tips that patients and families can use when being discharged to help maximize their success at home.
- Ask questions!!! We really want to make sure you understand.
- Make sure you have your prescriptions.
- Call to make your follow-up appointments. Sometimes the hospital will make them for your but call and double check.
- Check the hospital room to make sure you don’t leave anything behind.
- Rest! When you get home, many want to jump back into old routines but take time to heal.
If you need any assistance with care at home Carol Health is also available. Carol can help you when you get home making sure you are set up for a speedy recovery. Carol will go over the discharge instructions with you in the comfort of your own home. We can make sure your medications and appointments are all made while you are on the mend.