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Patients & Visitors

Your Hospital Stay—Going Home

Going home is often the best part of any hospital stay. When you are medically ready to leave the hospital, you will receive discharge orders. Before you leave the hospital, our staff will help you prepare to go home by helping you:

  • Understand how to care for yourself and what type of help you might need after you leave the hospital.
  • Learn about symptoms or warning signs to look for after you leave the hospital.
  • Reclaim any valuables placed in safekeeping.
  • Get information needed to obtain medication or supplies.
  • Arrange for follow-up appointments or treatment.

We will assist you in making arrangements to go home. This may involve conferences with your physician and other health care professionals. If home care is necessary, our Social Services staff can assist with recommendations, or a referral can be made to another agency of your choice.

If you need to wait for someone to pick you up, you are welcome to stay in your room or in the lounge on your unit. If you need help in arranging a ride home, we will be happy to assist.

If you have questions after you return home, please don't hesitate to call your doctor or nurse at the numbers provided with your discharge instructions.

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