Preparing to Go Home Checklist

Planning for your discharge begins as soon as you are admitted to hospital and continues during your stay. Your physician, nurses and allied health team (social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy) will make arrangements for your discharge. The following checklist will help you prepare:

  • I have someone to pick me up at 9:00 a.m. on the day of my discharge.
  • I have someone to help me at home after discharge.
  • I attended a discharge preparation class.
  • If I need it, I have Home and Community Care through the Champlain Local Health Integration Network in place.
  • I have a clear understanding of my disease and know what I can do to help myself get better.
  • I know the signs and symptoms to watch for and know who to contact with concerns or questions about my health.
  • I understand all of my medications.
  • I have my cardiac specialist appointments booked.
  • I have my meds bag (provided to discharged patients).


How will you know when you will be discharged from hospital?
On admission, your care team will start to estimate your date of discharge. Someone on your care team will try to notify you a day in advance of your discharge from the hospital.

What time will you be discharged from hospital?
You will be advised of your expected discharge date and time. When you are aware of this date and time, please ensure that you have a family member or friend available to pick you up and assist with your discharge.

Do you need help departing from hospital? A social worker is available for the following:

  • Coordinating your discharge from the hospital and preparing you to move into community-based care
  • Providing emotional support
  • Explaining drug-related costs
  • Ensuring the availability of family members to provide care as necessary
  • Arranging physiotherapy, nursing or homemaking care as necessary

If you would like to speak to a social worker, please ask your nurse. Your nurse will contact a social worker for you.