Holy Family Hospital

Leaving the Hospital

Your Next Stage of Care

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.

Going Home

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:

  • Be sure you and/or your caregiver has spoken with a discharge planner and that you understand what services you may need after leaving the hospital.
  • Review your discharge plan and ask questions about any instructions you don’t understand. Make sure you get explanations about how you should expect to feel and what you should expect to be able to do.
  • Carefully review all prescriptions you are given and get explanations about how often you should take these medications and if you should expect any side effects.
  • Confirm that you are given a telephone number(s) to call for questions and problems about any part of your discharge plan or any unusual symptoms.
  • Review the plan for follow-up appointment(s) and find out if they have been made or if you are expected to make them.
  • Make sure you understand any plans for home health services or medical equipment delivery, especially the date and time to expect the first visit or delivery.

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