Nurses will assist you in planning for your discharge by determining the level of care you will need.
|If it is determined that you need additional services beyond your discharge a social worker/case manager can help you access community resources and assist with transfers to an extended care facility or rehabilitation facility as needed.
|Social workers/Case managers can also assess continuing care needs, such as home nursing and home therapy services. They also can help you arrange for assistance with chores, meals, etc., and can direct you to companion services and financial and insurance resources.
When your primary physician(s) determines you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order(s) will be written. Once your discharge order(s) have been signed by your physician(s) it will take your nurse approximately one hour to process your paperwork and discuss your home care instructions.
In preparing to leave, we suggest you arrange for a family member or friend to pick you up. If you are unable to leave by your designated discharge time, please let us know so arrangements can be made to accommodate you until someone arrives. Your room needs to be thoroughly cleaned before another patient can be admitted. We ask that patients leave their rooms at the designated time in order to ensure our hospital's efficiently.
Home Care Instructions
Your nurse will work with your physician(s) regarding your home care instructions. She/he will spend time with you going over the discharge instructions. If you have questions about your diet, activities or other matters, please make certain you ask your nurse or physician(s).
If you have any questions after your discharge once you are at home, please contact your physician(s) office.
If your physician gives you a prescription(s), you will need to have it filled at your local pharmacy.
Before leaving your hospital room, please collect all of your belongings and double-check closets and drawers. If you have anything stored in the hospital safe, call the security office at ext. 4444 and an officer will bring your belongings to you.
When you are ready to leave, a member of the hospital staff will escort you to the front entrance and help you into the car.
Home Health Services
There are occasions when patients need additional treatment or care after they are discharged from the hospital. To meet the special needs of these patients, Delnor has a full-service Medicare-certified home care agency which can supply registered nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, medical social workers* and home health aides.* For more information, call 630-513-0370.
(*These services are only available to patients receiving home nursing or therapy services.)
After your discharge, you may need to return to the hospital for a physician appointment, additional medial treatment or tests. For homebound patients with no other means of transportation, Delnor offers a free shuttle service for patients to and from their home for such appointments. To schedule a Health Ride, please call 630-208-4180.