Your Discharge from a Legacy Hospital
When it's time to go home, members of your healthcare team will give you plenty of advance notice so that assistance and transportation can be arranged. The nursing staff will also help you prepare by teaching self-care skills, reviewing instructions and answering your questions about care at home.
On the day of discharge
On the day of your discharge, please arrange to have your transportation available by 11:00 am. Check your room for your belongings and if you have any valuables in the hospital safe, tell your nurse so they can be returned.
Things you and your family should think about before you go home:
- It may be helpful to have someone stay with you the first 24 hours.
- Stock up on easy-to-prepare foods.
- Know who to call in case of an emergency.
- Think about how you'll get to your next doctor appointment
- Caregivers get tired, too. Your family may want to line up other people who can help for a while.
- Don't hesitate to seek assistance. There are many community resources available.
At-home medication safety
Before you leave, ask your doctor what new medications you need to take at home and what medications you may need to stop taking. We'll give you a list of the medications that you should take after discharge-if you don't receive a list, feel free to ask for it. A wallet-sized medication card is also available upon request-please ask your nurse for one before you leave the hospital.
Know your medications
- Know the name, dose, purpose and side effects of each of your medications. If you don't know, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Written information is available and our hospital pharmacist will be happy to answer questions during your stay.
- Check with your pharmacist before taking over-the-counter medications or herbal and dietary supplements to see if they interact with any of your prescriptions.
- Keep a list of your current medications and allergies with you at all times. Be prepared to provide your current list of medications each time you enter Legacy Health.
- Fill all of your prescriptions at the same pharmacy if possible, so the pharmacist can cross-check for medication interactions.
Taking your medications
- Take all medications as directed. Know what to do if you miss a dose.
- Never stop taking any medication unless your doctor tells you to, even if you're feeling better.
- Use a pill box, diary, or calendar to keep track of when to take your medications.
- Keep your medication in its original container in a cool, dry place.
- Never give your prescription medicine to anyone else.
- Don't keep medications beyond the expiration date. Discard all expired medications.
Call your doctor if you experience:
- Difficulty breathing or unusual shortness of breath
- Persistent nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Excessive bleeding or drainage at the operative site
- Rash, bruising or yellow skin
- Fever or chills
- Pain that is not relieved by pain medications
- Other concerns that require immediate attention.
- For all emergencies, call 911.