How to Take the Stress Out of Discharge Planning

jjue June 16th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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When a patient is discharged from the hospital, rehab center or nursing and he or she returns home, it can be a stressful time for any caregiver. Take a look at this Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service video which provides valuable tips to assist both the patient and caregiver during this time of transition.

Afterwards, download and print out their helpful discharge checklist.

Based on my experience as a therapist in the hospital and home care setting, I have found these questions helpful to ask prior to your loved one’s discharge.

1) Do we need to get any special equipment for our home? Do we buy it or is it provided and how do we get it home before my loved one arrives?

2) Can I observe a physical therapy session to get a better idea of their activity and safety level?

3) Will a physical therapist be available to review car transfers prior to discharge?

4) Will a home exercise program be provided?

I would like to hear your thoughts on this video and your own experiences. How do you think we can make the discharge process smoother?


  • well written blog. Im glad that I could find more info on this. thanks

  • Thank you for the comment and thanks for visiting our blog. I will be sure to post any additional resources which may be of help to caregivers in this area.

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