When you no longer need the amount of care provided in the hospital, the hospital will begin a process to discharge you.
Most people hope to go directly home from the hospital after surgery or being ill. However, even if you and your doctor planned for you to go home, your recovery may be slower than expected.
As a result, you may need to be transferred to a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility.
One or more of the below factors may mean you no longer need the amount of care provided in the hospital but you need more care than you and your loved ones can manage at home.
Before you can go home from the hospital, you must be able to:
Other factors may also prevent you from going directly home from the hospital:
Common medical problems that often lead to time in a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility include:
If you can, plan ahead and learn how to choose the best facility for you.
Skilled nursing facilities provide care for people who are not yet able to care for themselves at home. The goal is for you to return home and care for yourself.
While a physician will supervise your care, other trained health professionals will be helping you grow stronger:
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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