Discharge planning begins on admission and continues throughout the patients stay. The goal is to foster the appropriate utilization of healthcare services to ensure a timely and smooth transition to the most appropriate setting for post-rehabilitative care.
The discharge plan assesses the needs of the patient and matches those needs with the appropriate and available options. Medical services, supplies, equipment, education, monitoring, and transportation are arranged as needed upon discharge.
At the time of discharge, both the patient and the primary medical doctor receive a copy of the discharge summary. A follow up appointment with the primary medical doctor is recommended. Prescriptions are provided and reviewed with the patient and/or family, and a copy of the medications is provided when following up with their primary medical doctor.