Discharge

What to Expect Before, During, and After Discharge from Bay County Medical Care Facility

Our residents, their families, or a physician can decide it’s time for a resident to leave our facility. Most people leave after their condition improves to the point that they no longer need our services. Short-term rehab stays in nursing homes are becoming more and more common.

Bay County Medical Care Facility Discharge Process

We begin planning for your discharge on the day you arrive. The answers to the questions we asked you at admission will guide us as we plan for you to go back to your home, to the home of a family member, or to an assisted living facility.

No matter where you’re going after you leave us, we’ll help you get ready.

If you’re going to a private home or assisted living facility, our discharge planner will help arrange any services you need, such as home health care, home-delivered meals, or medical equipment. If you have concerns, please let our discharge planner know. Our nurses and therapists will take the time to make sure your family and caregivers know exactly what you need.

Our physicians and nursing staff will give you a detailed, written discharge summary including information about all current medications. A copy of this goes to the resident and a copy goes to his or her primary care physician. Our RN case managers review discharge instructions with you before you leave.

If you’re going to another facility, then we will send them a detailed, written discharge summary and any medical forms they need. Our discharge planner can arrange for transportation, if needed. We also can pack your personal belongings.

Bay Medical Care Facility Discharge

What if we don’t think our loved one is ready to come home?

At Bay County Medical Care Facility, we take our responsibility to our residents seriously. We discuss every discharge with the resident and their family, providing as much notice as possible. We always explain the reason for the discharge. It is important for families to note that Medicare only provides coverage under certain conditions for a limited time.

If you don’t think it’s the right time to leave, please let us know. We take your concerns very seriously. You can request an appeal, which is handled by an agency independent from our facility and independent of your insurance company. The information about the state appeal process is detailed in your admission packet and explained in detail by our therapy department and discharge planner when services end.

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