Chapter 3: Coordinating services
When my husband’s doctor was discharging him, he was so helpful for arranging continuing care. He knew my own mobility was limited, so he set us up to come in and have a nurse change the dressing every couple of days. He also referred us to different home services and programs.
Usually, a hospital discharge planner or a homecare provider
will inform you what supplies you may be required to buy. An occupational
therapist (OT) may be available to either visit your home or discuss the setup
you are planning at home.
Depending upon your situation, you may also be able to receive additional home care services such as home oxygen, community nursing, and physical therapy. The type of service and the amount of time allotted to your home is usually decided by a discharge planner or continuing care coordinator.