Involving carers in discharge planning

Health and Social Care Scotland has introduced a practical guide for health and social care practitioners involved in discharge planning from hospital

It says that carers should be treated as equal partners in the care of those they care for. They can play a significant role in helping people with health and social care needs return home after a hospital admission. They know the people that they care for better than anyone else and can provide information about the person’s needs and circumstances beyond medical conditions or physical needs. This means discharge planning can be more comprehensive and may reduce the likelihood of the person being readmitted to hospital.

If care is planned without the input of the carer, an opportunity has been lost. Therefore, engagement and co-operation with carers is an essential part of good patient care. If you would like to ready the full document, you can find it here –

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