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 Prepare for a Successful Discharge
Preparing before leaving the hospital is essential for recovery. After you leave, it becomes much harder to get helpful answers. Consider a checklist tailored to your loved ones needs.
After a hospitalization, older adults still need extra care in order to have a smooth recovery. A successful hospital discharge means that your older adult leaves the hospital and continues their recovery without major problems. Your preparation before they leave the hospital can make a big difference in your older adult’s healing and can help them stay on track and re- gain as much independence as possible. Many of the issues that cause challenges with recovery could be prevented if all are well-prepared for the hospital discharge.
Why aren’t seniors well prepared
for discharge? Unfortunately, for many, the hospital discharge process is often rushed and confusing. Hospital discharge nurses are often overloaded and unable to spend enough time helping patients and family understand everything they need to know about post-hospital recov- ery. As a result, it can feel challenging to get clear information from doctors and
nurses, which can lead to medication errors, lack of appropriate follow-up care, and an unwanted re-admittance to the hospital.
Sometimes the confusion is due to lack of understanding, vision and hearing challenges, not knowing what questions to ask, or even why the patient is being discharged in the first place. If you do not agree with the discharge you can file a complaint with Medicare. The information is on the discharge paperwork.
A strong advocate can insure you both have all the necessary information before leaving the hospital.
When someone is discharged (released) from the hospital, it means their doctor has deter- mined that they’ve recovered enough to no longer need hos- pital-level care. It doesn’t mean they’re fully recovered.
Even though your older adult is able to leave the hospital, they will still need extra care. They might even need an intense level of care for weeks or months. Some people are well enough to get proper care and rehab at home (like physical therapy).
Others may need a short-term stay in a skilled nursing facility.
A hospital discharge checklist im- proves recovery. Being prepared for the next step in care, whether it’s at home or in skilled care, is important for a smooth recovery. Having a checklist can help you to find out about information, services, and resources that are needed for recovery before leaving the hospital. After you leave, it becomes much harder to get helpful answers. Consider the following topics:
Care After Discharge
• Where will care be provided after dis- charge. Are there options (like home health care)? Tell preferences to staff.
• If a caregiver will be helping after discharge, write down their name and phone number.
Health at Discharge
• Ask the staff about your loved one’s health condition and what they can do to get better.
• Ask about problems to watch for and what to do about them. Write down a name and phone number of a person to call if you have problems.
    Our patient-first philosophy means care with a personal touch.
  OUR SERVICES
• 24-hour Nursing Care
• Post-Acute Care
• Tracheostomy Care
• Wound Care
• Pulmonary Care
• Pain Management
• Respite Care
• Palliative Care
• Medically Complex Patients
• IV Therapy
OUR AMENITIES
• Spacious Resident Rooms • Daily Housekeeping Service • Recreational Activities
• Personal Laundry Service • Patio and Courtyard
• Air Conditioning
• Cable Television / WiFi
 In life, people matter most.
 (269) 781-4281 • www.atriumlivingcenters.com 575 North Madison Street Marshall, MI 49068
                                               Excellent Care
FOR AN INDEPENDENT LIFE
Specialized Alzheimer’s • Dementia Unit Short Term Rehab • Spacious Private Rooms Most Insurances Accepted Including Medicare
& Medicaid
We are the Advantage family,
and we look forward to being part of yours.
 675 Wagner Dr, Battle Creek, MI | (269) 969-6244 www.advantageliving.net
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