How does Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania help with Discharge Procedure
The care and concern doesn’t end when a patient leaves Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania. Thorough planning for the next stage of treatment—whether that patient is headed home or to a different type of facility—helps ensure a smoother transition.
Each patient’s interdisciplinary treatment team will develop a strategy for what comes next. That might include discussions of, for example:
- Instructions from the patient’s psychiatrist;
- Prescriptions and related information;
- Diet restrictions;
- Signs/symptoms to watch for; and
- Arrangements for follow-up or continued care, as needed.
Proper planning reduces the chance of readmission, aids in recovery, and ensures the right medications are prescribed and given. For caregivers and patients alike, it’s a great time to ask questions about what to expect—as well as what to do in the future if problems arise.
It’s a good idea to write down any questions or concerns before the meeting, so nothing is forgotten. In addition, if the patient is elderly and challenged by memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s especially important that caregivers be on hand to remember essential details. It’s also important that caregivers be honest with the team about any potential limitations in providing care.
We understand that patients may be anxious to move on to the next step of care. But we want to take the time to do things right, to ensure continuity and to deliver the same quality of services throughout the patient’s stay—and beyond.