When it’s time to be released from the hospital, your physician will authorize a hospital discharge. Check out time is a 11:00 am for most units.
Before you can leave the hospital, there are several things you or your caregiver must attend to. The first step is to know who will be involved in your discharge process. This starts with the hospital’s discharge planner, who might be a nurse, social worker or administrator, or might have some other title. You and your caregiver should meet this person relatively early in your hospital stay; if not, find out who this person is and be sure to meet with him/her well before your expected discharge date.
Make sure you have the following information before you leave the hospital:
- Discharge summary. This is an overview of why you were in the hospital, which healthcare professionals saw you, what procedures were done and what medications were prescribed.
- Medications list. This is a listing of what medications you are taking, why, in what dosage and who prescribed them.
- Prescriptions. You will receive a prescription for any medications you need. Be sure to fill your prescriptions promptly so you don’t run out of needed medications.
- Follow-up care instructions. Make sure you have paperwork that tells you:
-what, if any, dietary restrictions you need to follow and for how long
-what kinds of activities you can and can’t do, and for how long
-how to properly care for any injury or incisions you might have
-what follow-up tests you might need and when you need to schedule them
-what medicines you must take, why and for how long
-when you need to see your physician
-any other home-care instructions for your caregiver, such as how to get you in and out of bed, how to use and monitor any equipment and what signs and symptoms to watch out for
-telephone numbers to call if you or your caregiver has any questions pertaining to your after-hospital care
- Other services. When you leave the hospital, you might need to spend time in a rehabilitation facility, nursing home or other institution.Or you might need to schedule tests at an imaging center, have treatments at a cancer center or have in-home therapy. Be sure speak with your nurse or physician to obtain all of the details you need before you leave.
- Community resources. You and your caregiver might feel unprepared for what will happen after your discharge. Make sure your discharge planner provides you with information about local resources, such as agencies that can provide services such as transportation, equipment, home care, patient care and respite care.
If you have been notified by the Patient Financial Services Department because you do not have insurance or have only minimal coverage, please call a financial counselor at 630-856-8400 to arrange for an appointment to discuss your hospital bill prior to discharge.
Wellness Educational Program
Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital offers a variety of health education programs, screenings and special events designed to keep you well. To receive information about these programs, please call us at 630-856-7525 and ask to be added to our mailing list.