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What to Expect at Hospital Discharge

Program Overview

What you can expect at hospital discharge and after when you are referred to Catholic Home Care by your Care Manager or Social Worker.

Before you go home, the Catholic Home Care Transition Nurse will

  • Talk with you to prepare the home care staff to meet your needs.
  • Provide printed information about Catholic Home Care.
  • Provide their business card so you may contact them with any questions.
  • Provide information as to how to contact Catholic Home Care.
  • Help coordinate any blood tests and supplies you may need at home.

After you are discharged from the hospital

  • You will receive a call from your nurse/therapist the night you are discharged or the next morning to arrange a time for your first home care visit.
  • Should you have any questions or concerns prior to that first visit, or at any other time, please use the numbers provided by the onsite nurse to contact us immediately.

What to expect from the nurse/therapist at the first home care visit

  • Please allow up to two hours for the initial visit.
  • Please have your insurance information, hospital discharge instructions (if applicable), and all medications available when your nurse/therapist arrives.

The nurse/therapist will

  • Review insurance information with you.
  • Review your medications.
  • Review your hospital discharge instructions if applicable.
  • Evaluate your status (vital signs, functional status, etc).
  • Provide instruction on Falls Prevention.
  • Review Emergency and Disaster Plans.
  • Work with you to develop your care plan and provide treatment ordered by your physician.

Order additional services

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Home Health Aids
  • Pastoral Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Telehealth
  • Infusion
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Pediatrics