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  • Hospital Discharge

  • Care Management

    The care management department helps make plans for your return home or, if needed, to a post acute care facility. Care managers can answer patients’ questions about discharge planning and can arrange for home health care services, visiting nurse services, transfers to rehabilitation programs, transfers to skilled nursing facilities, nursing home placement, home medical equipment, home hospice care and inpatient hospice care.

    Care management staff may meet with you and your family to discuss your wishes and work with your health care team to prepare you and your family for your discharge from the hospital. If you haven’t met with a care manager you can call 793-2070 (internally dial ext. 3-2070) to discuss your needs. We have information on community and state agencies and other support services, and can help determine if you are eligible for assistance.

    It is our belief and our policy that you should participate fully in the decisions regarding your care, both while you are here and when you are discharged. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the best care and that your needs and choices are respected by our physicians, nurses, care managers and support staff.


    Discharge Policy

    To prepare for patients being admitted, we ask that you plan to depart as early as possible in the morning of the day you expect to go home.

    You cannot be discharged until your physician completes the necessary medical records. On occasion, we do experience a delay in the discharge process; however, we request that a family member or friend arrive in the morning.


    Filling Your Prescription

    When your nurse is reviewing your discharge instructions, make sure you can read the names of all medicines prescribed for you. If necessary, ask the doctor to print the name of the drug and its purpose on the prescription.

    Ask if a generic brand is appropriate. Ask for information about your medicine in terms you can understand.

    When you leave the hospital and pick up your medicine at your pharmacy, remember to:

    • Ask if this is the medicine your doctor ordered.
    • Inform your pharmacist of any allergies and of other medicines, vitamins and/or dietary supplements you are currently taking.
    • Make sure that you understand the directions on the prescription label.
    • Ask for written information about the possible side effects.
    • Ask for a device to measure liquid medicines, if appropriate.
    • Be sure to discard any outdated medicine.


    Follow-Up Care

    If your physician recommends follow-up care after you are discharged, it is your right to choose the provider of these services. You may decide to continue to receive care through other Lifespan affiliates, including:

    Outpatient Nutrition:  

    Counseling with a registered dietitian is available for all diagnoses. Persons interested in nutrition counseling for diabetes should call Terry Jerominek at 401-793-8796. For general outpatient nutrition counseling, please call 401-793-2621.

    Rehabilitation Services:  

    Southern New England Rehabilitation Center: 401-456-4500

    The Center for Cardiac Fitness: 401-528-8500

    Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center: 401-845-1845

    Other Hospitals:  

    Bradley Hospital: 401-432-1000

    Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital: 401-444-4000

    Newport Hospital: 401-846-6400

    We understand that you may be familiar with another provider or have a preferred provider based on your insurance plan. Our care management staff will give you a list of licensed and/or certified health care providers in the state in which you reside and assist with your selection. Because we are unfamiliar with the practices of the providers on the resource list, we cannot make any recommendations. If you have any questions, please call a care manager at 793-2070 (internally dial ext. 3-2070).