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Tools & Resources

Resources for All Patients

Good Questions: Things to Talk About with Your Doctor or Nurse
A worksheet to help you prepare to leave the hospital. Asking some of these questions will help you understand the discharge process and the future of your care.

Speak Up: Planning Your Follow-up Care
A brochure from The Joint Commission that provides questions to help you get the information you need for the best follow-up care. Available in English and Spanish.

Hospital Discharge Planning: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers
A Family Caregiver Alliance web page with important information about the discharge process, especially the role of family members and caregivers.

Your Discharge Planning Checklist
A packet from Medicare including worksheets for managing your post-discharge medications and appointments. Available in English and Spanish.

Post-Discharge Tool
A worksheet from the National Patient Safety Foundation to help you plan, organize and manage your care after leaving the hospital.

Medicare Nursing Home Compare
A website, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, that provides useful information on nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in your area.

Speak Up: Understanding Your Doctors and Other Caregivers
A brochure from The Joint Commission to help you better understand and communicate with your health care providers to get the information you need. Available in English and Spanish.

Medical Acronym Lookup Services
Acronyms and abbreviations are often used during the discharge process, both in discussions and in discharge paperwork. If you hear or read an acronym that you do not understand, try searching for it in these resources:

mediLexicon Medical Abbreviations Dictionary
MedLine Plus: Some Common Abbreviations
ASHA Common Medical Abbreviations


Resources by Health Condition

Diabetes: Speak Up: Diabetes - Five Ways to be Active in Your Care at the Hospital
A brochure from The Joint Commission that offers tips for hospitalized diabetics and important questions to ask before leaving the hospital. Available in English and Spanish.

Dialysis: Speak Up: Dialysis - Five Ways to be Active in Your Care at the Hospital
A brochure from The Joint Commission that offers tips for hospitalized patients on dialysis and important questions to ask before leaving the hospital. Available in English and Spanish.

Heart Failure: Patient/Family Education Pathway for Heart Failure
A worksheet for patients with heart failure outlining important steps from hospital admission through recovery.