Leaving the Hospital
In many instances much of your recovery will take place after you leave the hospital, making discharge planning an important part of your hospital stay. Your doctor, nurse or case manager will help you understand and arrange for your discharge needs.
Some of the Issues You May Need to Consider Are:
- Medications. You will receive an updated list of medications to keep taking at home, including dosage instructions and any other relevant information. Please ask a member of your care team if you have any questions regarding your medications.
- Personal belongings. Be sure to collect all of your personal items, making sure to double check drawers and closets. If you have valuables stored in the hospital safe, please ask your nurse for assistance in retrieving them.
- Transportation. You may need to make arrangements with a family member or friend to help you get home. If necessary your case manager will help you arrange alternative means of transportation.
- Diet and Activity Restrictions. Your doctor and nurse will give you instructions about diet and activity before you leave the hospital. If you have questions please be sure to ask them at this time or feel free to contact your physician after discharge.
- After Care. There are many occasions when patients need additional treatment or care after their stay in the hospital. Some of these services include rehabilitation, extended care recovery, nursing home placements, home health care, hospice, Council on Aging referrals or cardiac rehabilitation. Your patient care team will work closely with you and our community partners to ensure that your ongoing needs are addressed.
- Hospice. Hospice care is a service that focuses on comfort and quality of life for patients who have end-stage illness and limited life expectancy. Typically used as a support to patients and families who are living either at home or in a long-term care facility, hospice services in Rutland County are provided by Bayada Home Health Care and Hospice and the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH). If you would like more information about the ways hospice can help, you may ask a Case Manager, Social Worker or Palliative Care nurse, or call Bayada directly at 802.775.7272 or RAVNAH directly at 802.775.0568.