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  • Before you leave hospital, make sure you and your family are clear about what you have to do to care for yourself at home.
  • Before you leave hospital, make sure you understand what medication you need and when to take it.
  • Make sure you know what activities you will not be able to do yourself at home. Organise to get help with these activities if you need it, for example, nursing care or Meals on Wheels.
  • Write down all your follow-up appointments and tests.
  • Make a list of people and services you can call on at home for medical and emotional support.
  • If you want to leave hospital early or do not feel ready to go home on your discharge date, talk with your healthcare professional or hospital social worker.

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Reviewed on: 12-10-2015