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Will a hospital release a patient to get home by themselves if their not able to care for themselves?
24 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Roth
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
11 doctors agree
In brief: No
A primary criteria for hospital discharge is safety.
If a person does not have a safe place and the ability or resources to provide basic life needs, the safety criteria is not met. Hospitals are closely monitored to assure they are meeting established standards of treatment and safety. Most hospitals have case managers to assure patients are discharged to a safe environment.

In brief: No
A primary criteria for hospital discharge is safety.
If a person does not have a safe place and the ability or resources to provide basic life needs, the safety criteria is not met. Hospitals are closely monitored to assure they are meeting established standards of treatment and safety. Most hospitals have case managers to assure patients are discharged to a safe environment.
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Dr. Tarek Nashawi
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Hospital dischage
Unfortunately patients sometimes get discharged to unsafe situations, family members and friends has to step up and help when a patient does not qualify for a nursing home or home health.
Sometimes people have to pay for private health givers. It is not always an ideal situation esp. If family members do not want to step up.

In brief: Hospital dischage
Unfortunately patients sometimes get discharged to unsafe situations, family members and friends has to step up and help when a patient does not qualify for a nursing home or home health.
Sometimes people have to pay for private health givers. It is not always an ideal situation esp. If family members do not want to step up.
Dr. Tarek Nashawi
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Dr. David Utzschneider
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
The short answer is no, but the longer answer is it depends on what you mean by "care for themselves".
If the patient can do basic activities of daily living, and is competent to make decisions, sometimes the patient may be discharged when medically stable, although some observers would wish that the patient would choose to go to an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

In brief: No
The short answer is no, but the longer answer is it depends on what you mean by "care for themselves".
If the patient can do basic activities of daily living, and is competent to make decisions, sometimes the patient may be discharged when medically stable, although some observers would wish that the patient would choose to go to an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Dr. David Utzschneider
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Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sometimes
Unfortunately there are times when patients themselves choose to return to unsafe living conditions, often against medical advice.
If they are able to make comptetant decisions, that can still make bad ones and there is not much that hcp can do.

In brief: Sometimes
Unfortunately there are times when patients themselves choose to return to unsafe living conditions, often against medical advice.
If they are able to make comptetant decisions, that can still make bad ones and there is not much that hcp can do.
Dr. Brian Kaufman
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Dr. Scott Gebhardt
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Happens often enough.
No longer meet inpatient criteria but have no insurance. No snf will touch them.

In brief: Yes
Happens often enough.
No longer meet inpatient criteria but have no insurance. No snf will touch them.
Dr. Scott Gebhardt
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The social workers make necessary arrangements to get help- home health, sitters or nursing home placement if applicable.

In brief: No
The social workers make necessary arrangements to get help- home health, sitters or nursing home placement if applicable.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Douglas Bowerman
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It depends...
In general, a hospital is required to ensure a safe discharge plan for each patient, which would include either being able to care for themselves, or be discharged to a setting where the needed care would be provided.
However, if a patient is competent to understand that their discharge may not be safe, a hospital may not hold a patient against their will, and must allow the patient to leave.

In brief: It depends...
In general, a hospital is required to ensure a safe discharge plan for each patient, which would include either being able to care for themselves, or be discharged to a setting where the needed care would be provided.
However, if a patient is competent to understand that their discharge may not be safe, a hospital may not hold a patient against their will, and must allow the patient to leave.
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Dr. Geoff Lowrey
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually No
Doctors work with social workers and therapist to evaluate whether a patient, their family, or friends have adequate resources (physical, emotional, financial, etc) to care for themselves.
If they are not able to do so, they can still be discharged to a facility (nursing home, rehab facility, etc.) or to a friend/ relative’s home. Sometimes, however, patients and hospital staff disagree.

In brief: Usually No
Doctors work with social workers and therapist to evaluate whether a patient, their family, or friends have adequate resources (physical, emotional, financial, etc) to care for themselves.
If they are not able to do so, they can still be discharged to a facility (nursing home, rehab facility, etc.) or to a friend/ relative’s home. Sometimes, however, patients and hospital staff disagree.
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Typically not
However, it depends on the social situation the patient is in.
If it is a fracture and his caregivers at home are able to assist him effectively, he may be released. If his home situation precludes effective home care, then typically such a patient will be released to a nursing home or an extended care facility where he can be rehab'd to the point of being able to care for himself at home.

In brief: Typically not
However, it depends on the social situation the patient is in.
If it is a fracture and his caregivers at home are able to assist him effectively, he may be released. If his home situation precludes effective home care, then typically such a patient will be released to a nursing home or an extended care facility where he can be rehab'd to the point of being able to care for himself at home.
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Dr. Richard Daniels
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: No
Competancy will determine if a ble to care for self.

In brief: No
Competancy will determine if a ble to care for self.
Dr. Richard Daniels
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Dr. Benny Kusuma
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: No.
Essentially no. We always want to discharge the patient in the safest way possible.

In brief: No.
Essentially no. We always want to discharge the patient in the safest way possible.
Dr. Benny Kusuma
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Dr. Housam Hegazy
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: No they will not
There is a safe discharge planning before any discharge from the hospital.
This plan is made by the doctor, case manager, social worker, and other parties if needed like physical and occupational therapies. If a patient is deemed unsafe to be discharged for any reason like inability to care for themselves then a plan will be made to make the discharge safe, for instance, arranging for home care.

In brief: No they will not
There is a safe discharge planning before any discharge from the hospital.
This plan is made by the doctor, case manager, social worker, and other parties if needed like physical and occupational therapies. If a patient is deemed unsafe to be discharged for any reason like inability to care for themselves then a plan will be made to make the discharge safe, for instance, arranging for home care.
Dr. Housam Hegazy
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