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ElderLaw Radio Interview: Thinking Ahead About Hospital Discharge
Because hospital stays are shorter than ever before -- an average of 3 to 7 days -- most people tend to leave 'quicker and sicker.' That's why it's more important than ever to have a plan for when you, or a loved one, is discharged.
So says Alfred J. Chiplin, senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., in an a recent interview with Harry Margolis for ElderLaw Radio. In the interview, Chiplin advises everyone who knows they'll be hospitalized to start preparing well in advance for whatever care they may need upon discharge. Select an advocate to represent you, he suggests, and ask the nurses for their input. Will you need a wheelchair or a walker? Will you need some home health care or even a nursing home? "Think it through," he says.
To help patients who have not yet made discharge plans, hospitals themselves provide nurses and social workers to find necessary services to help. But Mr. Chiplin adds that patients may be entitled to more than they realize -- even a longer time in the hospital, if they don't feel ready to leave. He offers valuable advice about hospital patients' rights, what options are available, and the steps they need to ensure their needs are addressed.
To listen to Harry's 10-minute interview with Chiplin, click here.
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