What to expect after leaving the hospital

  • Your Discharge Plans
  • Home Modifications
  • A Change in Your Routine
  • Tips for Family Members and Care Partners

Discharge Plans

Before you leave the hospital, you and your family will work with your healthcare team to determine the best rehabilitation setting. Factors to consider include your needs, what insurance will cover, and what is most convenient for you and your family.  Options after discharge may include:

  • Returning to your home where you may receive homecare therapy services (1-7 visits a week depending on the discipline)
  • Returning to your home and then travelling to an outpatient therapy center (eg. hospital) for therapy services (2-3 therapy sessions per week depending on the discipline)
  • Moving into a skilled nursing facility where you may receive on-site therapy services (1-5 therapy sessions per week depending on the discipline)
  • Moving into an assisted living center where you may receive homecare or on-site therapy services

Before you leave the hospital, it's important to make sure that your home is ready for your arrival. Visit the links below for recommendations. 

Some health insurances cover the cost of equipment so it's important to ask your healthcare team while in the hospital. 

Home Modifications

Home Safety Evaluation

A home fall-prevention checklist to help you prepare for a smooth and safe transition to your home.

 Click on this link to complete a home safety checklist

A Change in Your Routine

Returning to your home or moving into a new home can be stressful for you and your family members. Family and marriage roles may change. Adjusting to this change takes flexibility and patience for everyone. When you focus on things you don't have control over, you are going to feel more helpless. It's important to take one day at a time and celebrate your daily and weekly accomplishments together. It's also important for your family members to take time for themselves, to focus on their own self-care. Check out this video on how others adjusted their routine and are living their best life after stroke. 

Video source: Heart and Stroke

Family members and care partners may feel confused as to how best to manage a new routine.  Check out this link from Sheppard Center on TIPS FOR CARE PARTNERS 

Page last updated 10/2020