Preparing to Leave the Hospital

During your stay, your care team will work with you to plan for your discharge. You and your family members or caregivers are important members of the planning team. By planning ahead, you will have all the help and resources you need when you get home.

Make sure you know:

  • How to care for yourself after discharge. This includes activities of daily living such as bathing, walking, meal preparation, dressing, and using the bathroom.
  • Any dietary restrictions, including what foods and beverages to avoid and which are encouraged.
  • What kinds of activities you can and cannot do, and for how long.
  • What medicines you must take, why, in what dosage and for how long.
  • What signs and symptoms to watch for that are related to your hospital stay.
  • Where you will be going after your hospital stay and how you will get there.

Please talk to your nurse and doctor about your recovery at home and any concerns you may have. We encourage you to ask questions to make sure you understand your care instructions.

Check Out

Discharges are usually scheduled to occur before 5 pm. 

Transportation should be arranged in advance with your family, a taxi or MEO. If you need help, contact a member of your health care team.

All HMSA 65C Plus, HPH - Classic and Kaiser Senior Plan members are required to sign the Notification of Medicare Appeal Rights the day of discharge. If you do not receive this, please call 808-553-3123.