At Chilton, we are concerned with your health care needs even after your hospital stay has ended. The discharge-planning team, composed of a patient-care manager, social worker and other members of your health care team, work with your doctor to make arrangements for any continuing health care needs you may have. If care cannot be provided at home after your discharge, it is important to arrange for skilled nursing care, perhaps in an extended-care facility or nursing home. If rehabilitation services are required, arrangements must be made promptly with the appropriate agency.
Please make arrangements for your trip home before your day of discharge and ask someone to bring your clothing to the hospital one day before you are to leave. You will be informed of your approximate discharge time. If you have concerns about the discharge procedure, please discuss them with your nurses.
After your physician writes your discharge order on your chart, the person who will take you home should park in the visitor's lot and then:
- Proceed to the nurse's station on your unit.
- Please carefully check your room to ensure that you have all your belongings. Don't forget to reclaim any valuables you have deposited in our safe.
- For your safety, a staff member or volunteer will escort you to the main lobby for discharge. While you are on your way there, your friend or relative may bring the car to the main entrance to pick you up.
Chilton can also assist with arrangements for equipment, home nursing, and home health care professionals for after discharge.