Discharge Process

Preparing for Discharge

Being discharged from the hospital can be a stressful time for patients and families. It may be helpful to know what to expect on the days leading up to your discharge. Please talk to your nurse, physician or case manager if you have any questions or concerns. Discuss these as early as possible during your hospital stay so that necessary arrangements can be made.

During Your Stay

During your stay at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, your Care Team is working to improve your health. We will teach you and a caregiver (someone who will help you after discharge) about your diagnosis and the care you will need to receive at home. Please keep all written instructions to read while you are in the hospital and after your discharge.

The Day Before Discharge

Your physician or nurse may tell you that you are being prepared for discharge, or that you may go home the next day. As long as your condition does not change, you can plan for discharge:

  • Notify a caregiver that you will be going home or to another setting
  • Plan for a ride, change of clothes, keys to your house, and someone to help you
  • Complete the discharge checklist in your patient information guide 

Day of Discharge 

Once your physician tells your nurse that you are ready to leave, your Care Team will prepare for you to go. Your nurse will keep you informed of when you are clear to leave.

We understand that the speed of discharge is important to you and will do our best to meet your needs as promptly as possible. It is important to understand that discharge is a process that may take several hours, or longer. This is because your Care Team needs time to ensure that everything is in place for your successful transition away from the hospital. Details such as follow-up appointments, prescriptions, any medical equipment you may need, such as a walker, all need to be taken care of before you go. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Before you leave the hospital, you should receive:

  • Discharge instructions to help with care at home
  • Information regarding follow-up tests and appointments
  • Final coordination of new prescriptions, supplies, or equipment
  • Clearance to leave from other consulting physicians
  • Transport personnel to assist you

Please ask questions if you do not understand your discharge instructions.

Even though you may feel tempted to avoid people when you feel stressed, socializing with friends will help you feel less stressed.