Going Home

Your Discharge from Parrish Medical Center

Discharge from the hospital is a big day, and one we at Parrish Medical Center want to make sure every patient is prepared for. Although your acute care has concluded, this does not mean you will be back to full strength upon your discharge. Patients are released from the hospital once it is believed they can safely continue their recovery in the comfort of their own homes. For this reason, there are some things you should keep in mind as you get ready for your return home.

  • Transportation -- Even after your discharge, it may not be safe for you to operate a vehicle for the next few days. If you came to the hospital for surgery and received an anesthetic, you should not drive for at least 24 hours. Make arrangements with friends or family to ensure you have a safe ride home from the hospital.
  • Food – Your doctor may have recommended a special diet for your while you continue recovery at home. It is important to have your home stocked up with your new dietary needs until you can resume your normal habits.
  • Help around the home – We strongly recommend having a friend or loved one stay with you for at least 24 hours after your discharge. While this is rare, it is possible that you could suffer an unexpected complication after your discharge and someone will need to be there to assist you. Additionally, having someone available to help with chores and errands allows you a chance to rest and recover more efficiently.
  • Continuing your recovery – For serious injuries and illnesses, your need for medical care might continue as an outpatient after your discharge. Speak with your doctor about your post discharge care needs and whether or not physical therapy, pain management, or other recovery programs will be necessary. Outpatient recovery may be done at a hospital, clinic, or your own home, if necessary.

If you are in need of a service to help you with any of this post-discharge needs, our team will refer you to local resources that can assist you. We are here for you when you need us.