Planning for your discharge from the hospital

Welcome to Sunnybrook. Each year we care for 1.2 million patients and their families. Our staff is committed to providing care and support while you’re here, including helping you plan for when you leave the hospital. This is called Discharge Planning. Discharge planning begins early in your hospital stay. Good planning helps you feel prepared for discharge, and to continue your recovery when you leave the hospital. Your care team will work with you and your family to understand: your care needs, what’s most important to you, and what resources you may need. How can I prepare for my discharge? Know that discharge is before 11 a.m this means you will be leaving the hospital between 8:30 and 11 a.m. on the day of your discharge. Make sure you have all of your prescriptions, and that you know how to take all of your medications Ask your health care team about any side effects you should know about. Know who to call if you have any questions once you’ve left Sunnybrook. Ask about any lifestyle or self-care changes you may need to make. You may want to ask: are there foods I should avoid? Is there medical equipment I will need to arrange to get or purchase? Are there any skills I’ll need to learn to take care of myself? For example, changing a wound dressing Does my family know how to take care of me at home, if I cannot care for myself? If there is any other information you’d like to know ask! Your care team is available to address any questions you may have. Knowing your discharge date Once your care team knows your expected discharge date, they will share this information with you. You’ll want to tell your family or caregiver this date, and ask if, on that date, they can pick you up before 11 a.m. If you do not have someone to pick you up on the day of your discharge, talk to somebody on your care team He or she will help you arrange transportation for the day you will be leaving the hospital. If you will be going from Sunnybrook to another facility, your care team will work with you to explore options that will meet your care needs. These are a few of the things surrounding discharge that you should be thinking about and planning for during your hospital stay. If at any time during your stay you have any questions about discharge or discharge planning, feel free to ask your health care provider. We are here to help and support you in your recovery!

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