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. 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 following 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, such as:
Common medical problems that often lead to skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility care 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.
A doctor will supervise your care. Other trained health care providers will help you grow stronger:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility care. Available at http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10153.pdf. Accessed August 20, 2013.
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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