Discharge time is before 10:00am.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR’S INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING ANY SURGERY
At HDGH, we believe that it is important for our patients to understand and participate in the planning and delivery of the care they receive.
Your healthcare team will assess your possible discharge needs from the time you arrive as a patient at HDGH, and they will assist you in the development of a viable discharge plan.
During the course of your acute care stay, your Clinical Resource Nurse and/or Social Worker will help you plan for your care following discharge and provide information in video and pamphlet form. You may be asked to consider plans for continued treatment outside the hospital to ensure your safety during your convalescence and to help you achieve the best quality of life possible. Options may involve arranging for services at home, a temporary convalescent placement or a move to a rest home or long-term care facility.
If you are going home following your hospital stay, please arrange for transportation home once you have been given a discharge date and notify nursing staff if you are unable to make arrangements. Your transportation should be arranged prior to the discharge time of 10:00 a.m.
Discharge Choices and Non-Compliance
Once the doctor has determined that a patient is ready for discharge, the patient, family power of attorney for personal care, or substitute decision-maker, will be given three choices:
- Upon notification of eligibility with CCAC, the patient may move directly from hospital to the bed of preferred choice or to their second or third choices for an interim or temporary bed while they wait for their preferred choice. If placed in a temporary or interim facility, transfer to the patients’ preferred choice will occur at a later date and will be arranged through the CCAC Placement Coordination Service. The patient can wait in the interim or temporary care bed for their preferred choice without losing their position on the original waiting list.
- The patient may choose to return home with CCAC support if eligible, and to the extent that these services are available, or move to a Rest/Retirement Home to wait for a bed in the LTCF of choice. This option will also apply to those patients who decline to make three choices while waiting in hospital. There is a daily fee associated with this service.
- Patients who are ready for discharge, and who choose to remain in hospital, will be charged a per diem rate for uninsured patient services of $600 per day. This charge represents partial payment of the cost associated with remaining in a hospital treatment bed when treatment services are no longer required. The daily rate of $600 will be charged 24 hours following the day your physician decides you are ready for discharge from hospital. This rate will not apply in cases where none of the three choices of LTC community beds are available.
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital is a 278 bed Acute Care hospital that and we make every effort to use our treatment beds effectively.