Inpatient Discharge

Going home from the hospital

If you were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, your doctor will decide what day you go home and give you instructions. Nursing personnel will help you prepare to leave, and a nurse, nursing assistant or volunteer escort will deliver you to the lobby.

You may have additional instructions for follow-up care after you leave the hospital.

Post-Hospital Patient Team

  • Case Management and Social Services Department: This team helps plan your at-home recovery. They will communicate with your physicians, healthcare team and insurance medical-management team to coordinate hospital stay and discharge plan. A case manager will visit early in your hospital stay to discuss discharge needs and arrange for placement in an extended-care or nursing home facility if necessary. They help arrange skilled home-health visits, outpatient treatments, meal delivery and medical transportation. The social worker may also be able to help with housing, prescription medicine and/or a referral to government or private agencies for financial aid.
  • Memorial Home Medical Stores: Offers ordering assistance for medical equipment, wheeled mobility, adaptive equipment, home respiratory, home infusion and medical supplies you may need. Our representatives help locate product, price information and delivery options. Our drivers will assemble home health equipment and teach you how to use and care for it safely. Orders are accepted by phone or fax. Billing to most third-party insurance plans and contracted managed care organizations is also available. If you would like to see our products, visit our retail showrooms in Lincoln, Jacksonville and Springfield.
  • Memorial Home Care and Memorial Hospice Care: Home health nurses make transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible. They partner with physicians, hospital staff, families and patients to help plan home care treatment. Programs and services include: skilled nursing care, including psychiatric care, wound/stoma therapy, maternal/child care and perinatal care; physical, occupational and speech therapy; certified nurse assistants provide meal preparation, ambulation exercise, bathing and personal hygiene.
  • Continuous Care provides private duty/private pay, non-skilled services such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, personal hygiene, shopping and errands.
  • Memorial Hospice Care: Available for the terminally ill and their loved ones in either patient home or nursing home settings. Provides advanced pain and symptom control along with emotional and spiritual support. Hospice Care enables patients to live as fully and comfortably as possible while focusing on quality of life. Memorial Home Care is state-licensed, Medicare/Medicaid certified and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Memorial Home Care services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies.