As soon as you enter the hospital, your health care team is thinking about and planning for the day you leave the hospital.
It is important to remember that hospitals specialize in care that requires doctors to manage an illness or injury every day. When your health care needs no longer require this type of care, planning must start for the rest of your recovery.
You may need the care of a skilled nursing facility, home care or rehabilitation if you have the following needs when your hospital stay ends:
Transferring your care to another facility may be confusing and, at times, overwhelming. You need to know what your options are for your care. You also need to be involved in these decisions.
Once you no longer need hospital care, the transfer to a skilled nursing facility can happen quickly. You will have the information and help you need to be prepared for this change. With the help of staff members, your transition can be a smooth one.
Your doctor and health care team will talk with you about when you will leave the hospital. The date and time may change depending on your health.
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