To help you and your family make decisions about your care, we offer many services at no additional charge, including psychosocial assessment, emotional support, pastoral counseling, information and referrals.
Before you leave Holy Family Hospital in Methuen or Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill, your case manager and a team of professionals will work with you and your personal representative to prepare a discharge plan that meets your needs for the next stage of your care.
The most important member of the discharge planning team is you. In addition to your case manger, other members of this team may include your personal representative, physician, nurse, dietitian, physical therapist, social worker, visiting nurse and a member of spiritual care.
Your personal representative is someone close to you, either a family member or a friend, whom you have chosen to participate in your care. It is very important that the person you choose for this role has the right to obtain information about your finances to ensure that there is a source of payment in the event that skilled nursing home placement is required.
Your care team will make every effort to coordinate your discharge from the hospital as early as possible. When your doctor feels that you are ready to leave the hospital he or she will authorize a hospital discharge. Please speak with your nurse about our discharge procedures.
Here are a few tips to make the discharge process run smoothly: