Prior to being released from the hospital – a guide for the perple xed :
The process of going back home, in many cases to a new life, necessitates many actions to be taken.
- Release letter: prior to being released from the rehab institution, the patient or their supportive family member will receive a release letter prepared by the multidisciplinary staff. This letter includes a hospitalization report, a full description of the patient’s condition, results of medical exams, recommendations for future treatment and rehab, and a referral to an authorized professional to fulfill the recommendations and keep track of their fulfillment (GP, community social worker at the local authority).
- Hospital social worker: it is recommended to talk to the social worker in order to understand the process that needs to be implemented.
- Making the living environment accessible: it is better to make the living environment accessible even before going back home. For this purpose you can contact the hospital social worker, obtain instructions about the process from the HMO, and contact the Ministry of Health in order to obtain various physical aids and a wheelchair.
- Further treatment unit: every HMO has a further treatment unit that provides medical care at the patient’s home, and the hospital reports to them about the patient’s condition upon their release. The process of receiving this report is slow, and the rehab process may be interrupted. Therefore, it is important to contact this unit immediately after the release from
the hospital and demand the process be expedited in order to ensure treatment continuity.
- Filling in National Insurance claim forms: you should contact the hospital’s social worker in order to fill in claim forms for the National Insurance Institution (see details below).
- HMO’s: contact your GP to update him or her as to the patient’s condition.
- The authorities: setting in motion the process of going back to the community and checking the need to involve
the local welfare authorities, especially for protected employment purposes if necessary.