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For Family Caregivers

Hospital Discharge Planning

“Discharge planning begins at admission.” This statement has become a standard way health care providers describe how hospitals determine when a patient can be discharged and to what care setting. Planning at admission is not, however, what many family caregivers experience. It often feels as though discharge planning begins at discharge. 

This guide provides basic information for you as a family caregiver to help you make informed and realistic choices about discharge options. There is also a summary of caregivers’ rights and responsibilities.


Leaving the Hospital and Going Where?

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