Your doctor will tell you when you are able to return home or to another care setting. The hospital has a daily waiting list of patients for admission. In order for us to clean and prepare the room for the next patient, we ask that you leave the room by 11 am on the day of your discharge. Your co-operation is appreciated.
Before leaving the hospital, please make sure you have all your belongings, including any medications you may have brought with you, and arrange payment of any charges you may have incurred during your stay in hospital.
All staff may participate in your discharge plan, but Hospital Discharge Planners/Social Workers are available to assist you and your family if you require specific services to return home, or need an alternate place to reside after discharge (eg. Boarding Home, Nursing Home). They will meet with you shortly after your admission, to determine your needs, and work with you throughout your hospital stay. If your plan is to return home, they will help you explore the options available to you (eg. services provided by Home Support Workers and/or VON) and make referrals to appropriate agencies (eg. Continuing Care), working closely with your physician and other health-care providers.
If you are having elective surgery, it is a good idea to have a plan in place for extra support at home while you are recovering (family, friends). If this is not possible, request to speak to a Discharge Planner to assist you with this.
If you are unable to return home as a result of your health status, the Discharge Planner/Social Worker will assist you and your family to plan for moving into a Boarding Home, Assisted Living Apartment, or perhaps to await placement in a Long-Term Care facility.
Once you have been “medically discharged” from hospital, you are no longer entitled to insured hospital services. Medically discharged means that you no longer require acute care hospital services. If you cannot return home, you will then be classified as “alternate level of care” (ALC). Most ALC patients are waiting for admission to a Long-Term Care (LTC) facility. If you remain in hospital while waiting for LTC, you will be charged a daily fee to help contribute to the cost of your care. This fee is based on your income, and will be calculated by the Discharge Planner / Social Worker. Your Power-of-Attorney, Next of Kin, or family member, may assist you with this process.