Being discharged from hospital can be a stressful time for most. Here are some things you need to know when your loved one is leaving hospital

10 September

When being discharged it’s likely that your relatives hospital may have different policies and arrangements to others that you may have visited before.

More often than not, when you entered hospital, Care and Support Workers who have been looking after your relative will have created a plan to determine their treatment and also developed a plan for when they will be leaving hospital, or in some cases, transfer to another hospital.

The discharge of your relative will highly rely on whether their health improves whilst in hospital and also what help they will require after they have returned home.

What happens when my relative is leaving hospital?

Initially when they are leaving hospital your relative will receive a letter for their GP stating the treatment they received during their stay, the amount of future care, and what kind of care they will need when they are discharged.This letter must be passed onto their GP as soon as possible so that there is full transparency regarding their care needs.

It is likely that your relative will only have minimal care needs when they leave the hospital but in some cases your loved one may need more specialised care which is referred to as a “complex discharge”. This means that they may have on-going social care needs or that they need to be discharged to a specialised care home so that they can be taken care of right away when a problem arises.

What to consider when your relative has returned home

It is important to consider what you need for when your loved one returns home and what you can get to help them on their way to recovery. Before leaving hospital it’s useful to compile a list of what your relative will need to help them in their home.

It may be that you offer to stay with them or visit them regularly so that they can be taken care of if a situation arises. If this isn’t possible, then making sure that they have plenty of amenities and other home essentials, such as painkillers, will help make the transition from hospital to home as easy as possible.

Find out more…

You can find out more about leaving hospital by contacting your relative’s GP who will provide information on how to proceed.

To find out more about how Carewatch’s convalescent care can help with the transition from hospital to home, click here.

Article by CarewatchCare