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We want to make your child’s transition from Hopkins Children’s to home as smooth as possible, which is why we begin planning your child’s discharge the day of admission. You will participate in discharge planning and learn about any continuing care your child may need at home.

Discharge Planning

If your child’s hospital stay is short and uncomplicated, discharge planning is a simple process. Your healthcare team will plan with you when your child will go home and what you will need. If the stay is longer or more complex, a nurse case manager or nurse discharge coordinator will help make special arrangements for home care. If your child needs medications at home, you may have prescriptions filled at your local pharmacy or at one of two pharmacies in the hospital (one on the first level of the Outpatient Building, the other on the first level of the Weinberg building).

If your child will need special equipment or visits by a home-care nurse, we will provide a list of home-care companies approved by your insurance company. We will work with you and the company to make sure you have the equipment, supplies, medications and support you need. If you have any questions about going home, please write them down as you think of them and ask your care team.

The Day of Discharge

On your child’s day of discharge, please make arrangements to take your child home as soon as possible, as other children may be waiting for a bed. At discharge you will need:

  • Clothes and shoes for your child.
  • An infant/child car seat.
  • Any special equipment your child may need.

At home you may need:

  • Soup
  • Popsicles
  • Soft drinks
  • Juice
  • Aspirin-free pain relief.
  • Children’s books, especially books about hospitals and doctors.