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Planning for your discharge home is a process that starts at the time you are admitted to one of our facilities.  Leaving the hospital is a much more complex process than checking out of a hotel.  There are many steps and variables that need to be taken into account to ensure a safe and efficient transition to home. To help ensure your continued improvement, it is important that all your needs are addressed before you leave the hospital.

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Who will be taking you home?

We need to ensure that you have a safe way to get home. You will need to find someone who can assist you in gaining entry to your residence and ensure you are safely back in your own environment. Because of work, personal schedules, and responsibilities, it may be challenging to find someone who is available.

It’s a good idea to make preparations for transportation and assistance before you arrive for a planned visit. We will also start that conversation when you are admitted so we have a clear understanding of who that will be and if they need any help in understanding your anticipated needs. Making these plans early allows you to concentrate on your recovery and eventual return home.

What will I need when I get home?

After spending time in the hospital you may need to home with additional treatments. They may include medications or equipment to ensure your full recovery and safety.

When do I leave?

This is a very important question. Evidence shows that if a patient is discharged earlier in the day, he or she is less likely to need to return to the hospital. Why? With a safe, early discharge:

  • You will be less tired and less stressed
  • You will be arriving at your destination during daylight
  •  You can get your prescriptions filled
  • Your equipment (if needed) can be delivered the day of your discharge
  • Your questions will be answered by the very providers who were caring for you in the hospital

Leaving the hospital safely can be a complex process, and we want to ensure your discharge is managed safely and efficiently. Pinnacle Health is committed to the highest quality care—including your transition to home or other facilities. So it’s important that we work with you to ensure you have all the pieces in place for a safe and timely discharge.

For more help planning for your hospital stay and discharge, see the Preparing for a Hospital Stay section on our website or directly to our page about preparing for discharge.

About UPMC Harrisburg

UPMC Harrisburg is a nationally recognized leader in providing high-quality, patient-centered health care services in south central PA. and surrounding rural communities. UPMC Harrisburg includes seven acute care hospitals and over 160 outpatient clinics and ancillary facilities serving Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Juniata, Franklin, Adams, and parts of Snyder counties. These locations care for more than 1.2 million area residents yearly, providing life-saving emergency care, essential primary care, and leading-edge diagnostic services. Its cardiovascular program is nationally recognized for its innovation and quality. It also leads the region with its cancer, neurology, transplant, obstetrics-gynecology, maternity care, and orthopaedic programs.

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