When you no longer need the amount or type of care provided in the hospital, the hospital will begin the process to discharge you.
Most people hope to go directly home from the hospital. Even if you and your doctor planned for you to go home, your recovery may be slower than expected. As a result, you may need to be transferred to a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility.
Your health care provider may determine that you no longer need the amount or type of care provided in the hospital, but you need more or different care than you and your loved ones can manage at home.
Before you can go home from the hospital, you should be able to:
Other factors may also prevent you from going directly home from the hospital, such as:
Common medical problems that often lead to skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility care include:
If you can, plan ahead and learn how to choose the best facility for you.
At the skilled nursing facility, a doctor will supervise your care. Other trained providers will help you regain your strength and ability to care for yourself:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care. www.medicare.gov/coverage/skilled-nursing-facility-snf-care. Updated January 2015. Accessed September 3, 2021.
Gadbois EA, Tyler DA, Mor V. Selecting a skilled nursing facility for postacute care: individual and family perspectives. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65(11):2459-2465. PMID: 28682444 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28682444/.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 7/11/2021
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