It can be a long and challenging journey for patients recovering from an illness, injury, or a surgical procedure. Many who have been hospitalized will need to transition to a subacute rehab setting to continue their recovery for a safe return back home. The idea of going home is no doubt a welcome thought, but it may also come with fear and anxiety when the recovery process needs to continue after discharge.
So it’s time to leave the hospital – what’s next? Many patients recovering from illness, injury, or a surgical procedure are ready to be discharged from a hospital (acute care) but are not ready to return home. Some patients may need more carefully supervised rehabilitation, while others may lack the support system at home that they need to fully recover.