Discharge Placement: After-Hospital Care

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Running Head: AFTER-HOSPITAL CARE Discharge Placement Name of Student School Healthcare Issues The most critical part of the discharge planning is the assessment (Felong, 2008). Three healthcare issues a case manager must address with the interdisciplinary team in determining a discharge plan are the patient's mental state, housing, and home equipment (Felong). Mental State the interdisciplinary team must ascertain if the patient is in a state of confusion, cannot answer at least simple questions or follow instruction or if he feels anger or fear towards anyone in the family (Felong, 2008). If he is confused, unable to answer even simple questions or follow instruction or harbors resentment or fear towards someone in the family, he may not be ready for placement. Housing the structure of the patient's residence is important. Is it a one-storey house or are there stairs he must climb? Issues that must be dealt with include the closeness of his bedroom to the bathroom; if he will share the bedroom with others; handle his own laundry, meals or shopping. Education it is important to know if the patient or his caregiver needs to learn diet, special diabetic diet, crutch training or other forms of therapy. The team must also determine if the patient is interested or not to capable of learning. It is also important to find out if the patient can learn the skills relevant to his condition (Felong). The case manager should verify the information provided by the patient on
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