5 Questions to Ask Before Your Hospital Discharge

Did you know that one of the leading causes of hospital readmission is the lack of adequate support following a hospital discharge?

To help make your transition home smooth and successful, we recommend asking the following five questions to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy a successful recovery:

“Do I require care or therapy after my hospital stay?”

If you require any type of therapy or help with day-to-day life, you need to know whether this support has already been arranged or if you need to organise it yourself. Rest assured your hospital team will take into account a number of factors before discharging you, including how far you can walk, whether you can dress and shower yourself, and if you can climb stairs or steps safely.

“Do I need any medical equipment?”

If you have been bed-bound for a number of weeks, it will take time for you to regain your strength. If you’ve been using assistive devices in the hospital, ask how you can access these at home. The hospital team should ensure you know how to use all equipment before you are discharged.

“What medication am I being prescribed and how do I take them?”

On the day you’re being discharged, a nurse should go over the list of medications you will need to take, including any current medications which need to be stoppedor changed. However, it’s important you also know how often each medication hasto be taken, how it is best consumed (with a meal, before bedtime etc.) and what side effects you need to look out for.

“Do I have a follow-up appointment? When?”

During your discharge consultation, double-check with your doctor if any follow-up appointments are required. They may have already been scheduled, but if not, make sure you have the right contact information so you can arrange them yourself. Most hospitals will send discharge instructions and medical notes to your GP, but it’s always worth asking for a copy for your own records.

“What signs should I look for which indicate a change in my condition?”

Before you leave the hospital, you need to know what to expect from your recovery. Your doctor should give you a rough timeline and some important milestones to aim for along the way. However, it’s equally as important to be aware of the symptoms which indicate you need further medical attention.

My Care Solution can support your recovery with hospital to home care. Our caregivers can assist you with medication, meal preparation, housekeeping, personal care and transport services to your follow-up appointments.

Our hospital to home care services can be paid for on a private fee-for-service basis, through your Home Care Package or through your NDIS plan if you are self-managed or plan-managed. Contact your local My Care Solution office for more information.

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