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What happens when someone that needs care is set to be discharged from hospital?

If your loved one is set to be discharged from hospital, that’s great news. Whether they were there following treatment or an operation, the fact that they are well enough to come home is a very positive thing.

If they already required care when they were first admitted, or their circumstances have changed there will be steps that must be taken before they can be discharged to ensure their safety and define the level of care that is required at home.


Leaving hospital


When will they be able to leave hospital?

First and foremost, your relative should only be discharged from hospital, when:

– The doctors are happy that they are well enough to go home, and

 When they have appropriate care in place at home.


1. Ensuring that they are well enough to go home


A team of healthcare professionals will look after the needs of your loved one in hospital. And they will decide between them when they are ready to go home.

They will then put a discharge plan in place, which your relative will be given before leaving hospital.


Will I have any input into the discharge plan?

The discharge plan will be drawn up by the healthcare professionals that are in charge of their care. They must do so in discussion with you and your family member.


How will their needs be assessed?

Each hospital will do this in their own way and will have a different process for discharging patients. In most instances they will ask you and your relative questions to assess their needs and build a picture of the level of support that is required at home.

Questions that they may ask include:

 Whether your family member can manage stairs or steps.

What assistance is needed when it comes to personal care and day to day hygiene.

If they need help with preparing their own meals.

The levels of financial support that may be needed.


When will the discharge plan be put in place?

Strictly speaking this should be done within 24 hours of their admittance to hospital. It is, however, more realistic to expect this to be completed close to their discharge.

If you have any questions about the discharge plan and when it will be completed, make sure you speak to the healthcare professionals in plenty of time before your loved one leaves hospital.


What will be included in the discharge plan?

The discharge plan will make recommendations about the organisations and healthcare professionals that will need to be involved in your loved one’s care on an ongoing basis. It should also outline who you should contact if you need help following their return home.


2.  Putting appropriate care in place at home


The care needs of your loved one at home will be assessed by an occupational therapist. They will then help to define the right level of care that’s required once they leave hospital. This should be detailed in a care plan.


When does this assessment happen?

This should occur when your relative is still in hospital and be in place before their return home.


What are my options for private home care?

At Cera, we offer post-discharge care in the form of both home and live-in care, depending on the individual needs of your family member.

Every single care package that we implement is personalised, meaning the level and type of care that your loved one receives will be tailored and specific to their individual needs.

We focus on ensuring that the people that we care for are comfortable and safe at home and can stay in their familiar environment for as long as possible. They will also be matched with a highly professional carer with the specialist knowledge and expertise to provide them with the best possible care, as well as sharing similar interests to encourage socialising and companionship.


Learn more about post-discharge care with Cera or contact us on 0333 455 2502 to discuss the needs of those closest to you.


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