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Discharge Planning

During your stay at Catskill Regional Medical Center a multidisciplinary team of hospital healthcare providers, including your nursing staff, will prepare a plan for your care after you leave the hospital. Your discharge plan of care will be based on your individual needs and may include instruction on diet, medication, hygiene and activities. Guidelines for your home care and medical follow-up prepared by your physician and your nursing staff will be given to you when you are discharged from the hospital. CRMC’s Case Management Department will help formulate your discharge plan. If you need special services or equipment when you are discharged, or if you need to transfer to an aftercare facility, such as a rehabilitation center or nursing home, these arrangements will be facilitated by your case manager. The department can also assist you and your family with social or economic problems arising from your hospitalization. You or your family may contact the Case Management Department at 845-794-3300, ext. 2130.

Going Home

You should plan to leave your room by 11:00 a.m. once your physician has ordered your discharge. Rooms must be ready for incoming patients. You should review instructions for diet, medication and home care with your nurse before you leave the hospital. You should also be sure to pick up any personal belongings and valuables you checked into with security when you were admitted to the hospital. If a family member or friend is taking you home, he/she should visit the cashier’s office on the first floor near the information desk. The cashier will be able to verify the benefits of your insurance coverage have been included in any billing. You may receive a bill later on if all charges for hospital services haven’t been paid by your insurance company or other coverage.