Coming Home from the Hospital

When  your loved one is ready to come home from the hospital,  proper discharge planning can reduce your stress and lower the possibility of hospital readmission. 

Here are some tips we think are important to help prepare for your loved one’s successful recovery at home.


  • Assess your loved one’s condition and needs.
  • Become part of the health care team (doctor, nurse, therapists) so you can learn how to provide care.
  • Get complete written instructions from the doctor.  If there is anything you don’t understand, ASK QUESTIONS.
  • Develop a plan of care with the healthcare provider.
  • Meet with the hospital’s social worker or discharge planner to determine home care benefits.
  • Understand in-home assistance and options and arrange for in-home help.
  • Arrange physical, occupational, and speech therapy as needed.
  • Find out if medicine is provided by the hospital to take home.  If not, have prescriptions filled before you take your loved one home.
  • Buy needed supplies; rent, borrow or buy equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers.

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