Caregiver's Role in Discharge Planning

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Family caregivers are a key component of the discharge planning process. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about their role and responsibilities in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hospital discharge staff will not be familiar with all aspects of your relatives situation. As caregiver, you may not be a medical expert, but you should know a lot about the patient and about your own abilities to provide care.

Discharge planners should discuss your role with you. You may have physical or financial limitations or other obligations such as a job or childcare that impact the time you have available. It is extremely important to tell hospital discharge staff about those limitations.

It is essential that you get any training you need in special care techniques, such as wound care, feeding tube or catheter care, procedures for a ventilator, or transferring someone from bed to chair.

If your loved one has memory problems, discharge planning becomes more complicated. Even without impaired memory some of the instructions during discharge may be difficult to comprehend. Write down any questions you or your loved one have and get them answered before you leave the hospital.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.