Hospitalization and discharge planning

Whenever a person is admitted to hospital, hospital staff will work with the person and their family to put a plan in place to ensure recovery continues. Discharge planning (arrangements for care and services after the person leaves hospital) should begin as soon as possible after your family member has been admitted to hospital. If you are concerned that recovery goals have not been set with your family member and that discharge planning hasn’t begun, be sure to talk with the health professional(s) who have been working with your family member while in hospital. Start this conversation early, within the first week of admission, if possible.

A good discharge plan will outline the services your family member will need after she leaves the hospital. If you are providing ongoing care for your family member, it is important that you be included in this planning.