From hospital to home: Create a discharge plan

If you have ever been a hospital patient or have had a loved one in the hospital you know the team of doctors and nurses are there to assist in your recovery. Sometimes the hardest part of an illness is the recovery. Most people are aware of the care, treatment, medical supplies and routines they need to follow but are not aware of where to find these resources once discharged from the hospital.  Having a hospital patient discharge plan is key to you or your loved ones recovery.

Here are a few tips:

  • Understand the condition and the symptoms (normal vs. abnormal)
  • Ensure you are aware of the medications you will need to take, how to take them, when to take them, how long to take them for, the side effects of the drug and what the purpose of the drug is.
  • Get a good grasp on treatments you will need once discharged such as any wound care, IV therapy, catheter care etc.
  • Some treatments may require an knowledgeable and skillful nurse which can be found at community clinics or through home care agencies like DHS
  • Be informed of any limitations such as no driving for a period of time or dietary restrictions. Also knowing when/if you can resume your life style before hospitalization
  • Determine the need for home care. Nurses and social workers in the hospital should be able to assist you. You can also call local home care agencies to see what they offer.
  • Be realistic about the condition and what the patient needs
  • These are questions you can ask your nurse or doctor before leaving the hospital. It is a good idea to write your questions down so you do not forget.

When looking for home care:

  • Ensure you have a representative from the agency do an initial home assessment, there you can work together to create a plan of care and ask any questions
  • Have adequate supplies, prescriptions, items needed to provide the best care available for home care staff to use. Some home care agencies can help you locate supplies or will offer supplies.

However it is best to have these ready before hand contact us today at 905-571-1511!


How can DHS Health Care help?

Our staff consists of Personal Support Workers, Home Support Workers, Registered Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. All staff have yearly CPR and police checks. Our Nurses meet all requirements as listed from the College of Nurses of Ontario. As we are 100% Canadian Owned and Operated private In home care company we hold our staff to a higher standard than most home care companies which ensures consistent, reliable service to provide the best and safest client care in the Regional Municipality of Durham.

If you would more information do not hesitate to contact DHS Health Care Service. We are happy to help!

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