Discharge planners are registered nurses trained to assist you in determining whether you have special needs after discharge, such as home-care visits. A discharge planning nurse will help you and your family arrange for any necessary equipment and care at home. If you cannot go home, they will help you and your family plan where you will go.
Your doctor may prescribe medications for you when you are released from the hospital and give you a written prescription you can take to your own pharmacy.
Reimbursement for discharge medications varies by insurance plan. Pharmacy staff can help you complete claim forms if your insurance plan requires that you do so for discharge medications.
Getting home is the responsibility of the patient and family. Please arrange for a ride home as soon as you know when you will be discharged. If you have special transportation needs, a discharge planner can help you make arrangements.
What to take home
Take all of your belongings and any personal care items given to you during your stay. Do not take hospital linens, gowns, robes, remote controls, or electric razors.
If you need supplies, please talk with your nurse.