Every hospital has a discharge procedure which is in place to make leaving the hospital as stress free and safe as is possible.
Planning for an individual's discharge from hospital should be a process that begins when a patient is first admitted and is based on when a person will be able to leave the hospital and what support and help may be required when either they return home or go into residential care.
Help and support can range from the letter that goes to a person’s GP, advice on medication, arranging transport home, ensuring that practical care is provided after discharge, etc.
If a person is going to need specific care in order to return home, then a care assessment will need to be made by a care professional such as an Occupational Therapist from either the Council or the NHS.
Any care assessment will look at the needs of the person in relation to for example:
Many people do not require a care assessment and are discharged into the care of their family. However, it is important that the information about a person’s discharge arrangements are discussed with their relatives and if, as a relative, you are of the opinion that what is being suggested is not appropriate, explain your concerns before the discharge from hospital occurs.
Able Community Care operates a Home From Hospital Live-In Care Service. Our Home From Hospital Care Package offers convalescent care at home from a Live-In Carer who will carry out domestic tasks such as general cleaning, the laundry, shopping, preparing meals, etc.