Whether your child has been in the hospital for one night or many, your family is likely relieved to be heading home. You may be wondering what comes next, and have questions about caring for your child on your own.
“When my son was ready to be discharged, I took it one step at a time. And I smiled because finally we were going home.”
Jennifer, Senior Family Advisor and Mother of Nate, Age 3
Before your child goes home, we encourage you to write down a list of questions for the doctor, nurse, and care team. Ask for detailed instructions on how to care for your child’s everyday needs and what to do if his or her condition changes.
As you prepare to go home, your child’s nurse can help make sure you have everything you need. Some items to consider include the following:
We encourage you to sign up for our patient portal, MyChart at NYU Langone Health, which allows you to view your child’s medical history and laboratory tests, as well as request prescription refills.
We want you to feel confident that your child is ready to leave the hospital. If you are concerned or have questions, please talk with your care team. If you believe your child is being sent home too soon, please talk with Patient Relations about the next steps you can take.
Our care managers are available to help make sure your child has everything he or she needs to safely go home, including any in-home services, such as medical equipment or in-home nursing care. The care manager also works with our insurance and billing experts to confirm that your insurance provider has everything necessary to process your claim.
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