April 22, 2020
Independence and power to decide for yourself are very important aspects of planning during the recovery stage. To ensure that patients meet the requirements of a safe plan once they are discharged, locations, where they can receive support and medical care, should be identified before they can return to independent living. It is worth mentioning that the objective is for these people to be located in places with the least restrictions.
Important things to consider:
- You are working with people who did not need the assistance of any institution before the natural disaster.
- Because they have some needs as a result of the emergency, these patients require temporary care or rest in hospitals or clinics.
- These patients need a safe plan after they are discharged from the hospital. They may not be able to return to their homes or stay healthy if their home was damaged in the structure or they have limited access to basic services such as water, electricity, communication, or transportation.
- These patients should not be taken to an institution by mistake. Everyone should be able to be in the least restrictive places possible. Planning should focus on finding the right places for these individuals. This can take time because to support these people to live independently, support services at home and in the community must be fully available.
Planning to register and steps to follow:
- Discharge is the process of moving people from temporary shelters back to the community for permanent placement during the transition to the recovery phase.
- Appropriate planning to discharge patients is a long-term process. The focus should be on returning people to the independent lifestyle they had before the disaster and keeping in mind that these people may need short-term care and support to ensure their health, safety, and well-being.
- The needs of these individuals should be assessed and the resources, services, and supports available in the community identified.
- Patients should be connected to these resources and followed up to ensure that services and supports are acceptable. This can help confirm that patients find a less restrictive place to live.