If you or a loved one has ever been hospitalized, you may be familiar with the concept transitions of care, or movements within a care setting due to a patient’s changing needs and/or different levels of care.
You can make a difference in the quality of care your family member receives.
Use the helpful forms below to prepare for your next health care encounter.
Discharge Planning is the process used to determine patient needs and optimal care from one care setting/level to another.
Although typically coordinated by trained hospital personnel, an involved family caregiver can make an effective difference in quality of care outcomes.
Details vary depending on medical setting, however effective discharge plan basics include key elements such as those included in the Discharge Checklist (see downloads below).
Your loved one's care needs may change after a hospital stay or based on the results of a medical appointment.
It's important to update your care plan to assess changing needs for you and your family member.
If you don't already have a care plan, consider our comprehensive Care Plan Map, available here.
More tips to help prepare before, during, and after a health care encounter here: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/pdf/Caregivers-508.pdf