Preparing for hospital discharge
During these difficult times, we are all working in different ways and things have changed dramatically within our health settings.
Despite this its heartening to see how we can come together in these adverse times to get things done.
Support after hospital discharge is vital to consider. If the person you care for is admitted to hospital for any reason there are things that can help in order to be prepared for discharge home.
Think about how you will manage back in the home setting , and carefully consider any changes to the level of support required. There may have been no assistance required at all previously. You may feel that you managed before and can do so now and that may be the case, or there may be greater need once you are back in your own home environment.
Don’t wait until discharge takes place. We recognise that communication is more difficult at the moment but as you keep in touch with the ward ask to speak with the nursing sister about a proper care plan being ready before discharge takes place, and make sure that staff are aware about support needs back home. You can also ask for details of the Hospital Carers Coordinator ( Heartlands , Solihull and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals ) who can help with guidance. Contact us here at Carers Trust if you are unsure about who to speak to.
With permission from the patient , carers can be part of the discharge process . Often it will be carers who are providing vital care and support immediately upon discharge so it’s important to be as prepared as possible. Planning can help prevent carers finding themselves in stressful and difficult situations with more intense needs than expected. Sometimes discharge may be upon us quite unexpectedly. Please think about planning and preparing for discharge at the earliest opportunity .