The key to successful hospital discharge planning is to give due consideration to all of its aspects, double check everything with specialists, and above all listen to the patient.
The process of healing can be a precarious one, this is further exacerbated by radical inconsistencies in how different hospitals approach discharge planning. There exists very little obligation for hospitals to provide extensive services in this regard to their patients or any consideration to you as a family member or caregiver. Awareness continues to grow for the roles that families an unpaid caregivers play in a patient's long term health care, but until then it is very important for you to adopt a proactive approach. With the careful consideration of your options you may reduce the patient’s chances of readmission, avoid medicinal side-effects and help to promote their quality of life.