Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, December 7, 2015
What's NEW at Athena Forum

Discharge Planning Course Updated

Did you notice we recently updated our ever popular Discharge Planning course? Our elves have been so busy we forgot to sound the trumpets and ANNOUNCE the upgrade.

This course remains focused on the case manager's role in discharge planning. The three course modules describe key elements of discharge planning:

  • Philosophies and standards
  • Patient-centered focus
  • External forces

The purpose of this course is to provide information for nurses and social workers to assist them to safely and optimally support the discharge of patients to a lower level of care where the patient is supported to thrive.

[Improving Outcomes in Discharge Planning]


Tips from our featured course

Implementing the Discharge Plan

The active involvement of the patient and family in goal setting is especially critical. If they are not involved, they may become angry and feel powerless. In addition, they may have no interest in goals set by a third person and refuse to adhere to plans they feel forced into.

The discharge planner works with the transdisciplinary team to set goals that "predict" what the:

  • Patient's next level of care will be
  • Patient will need at that level
  • Requirements are to make the transition safe

Above all, the patient-centered discharge plan has to be safe and realistic. This must transpire even though the patient and/or family may want to choose an inappropriate service or unrealistic goal.

[Discharge Planning, Module B, Patient Centered DP]


Proactive DP Collaboration

Since the advent of almost universal internet access and web sites for all types of health care information, many patients and their families are now better educated and informed about their illnesses than was true even 10 years ago.

The discharge planner will be collaborating proactively with empowered customers who want to participate in decision-making about care that meets their needs, not what someone else thinks they should want. These savvy customers come to the hospital ready to take charge of their discharge planning because they read about discharge planning on the internet and their doctor has told them what to expect after discharge.

[Discharge Planning, Module B, Patient Centered DP]

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