Making the transition from in-patient to being back at home often requires new skills. Before being discharged from the hospital patients receive instructions on things that must do to speed recovery and prevent complications.
The information in this section on nutrition, oral hygiene, and caring for temporary devices serves to reinforce the steps and precautions that must be followed when recovering at home.
If you cannot find the information you need here, or you have questions or concerns, your physician can be reached by calling your clinic. After hours, on holidays or weekends, call 716-845-2300 and ask to speak to the physician on call for your clinic.
Your doctor will determine on what day you can go home. Before you leave the hospital, your nurse will review with you the written discharge instructions prepared by your doctor to help you care for yourself at home.
Please don’t hesitate to ask the nurse if you have questions or are unclear about any of the instructions. We want to make sure you are comfortable with your discharge and that you feel ready to take care of yourself at home. Here are some of the topics that may be addressed in your discharge instructions:
These Roswell Park staff will help you with your return home.
Case managers are registered nurses (RN) responsible for managing and coordinating resources and medical support services to ease your transition from hospital to home. Assigned to one of the Roswell Park Cancer Centers, case managers understand the special needs of our patients with specific kinds of cancer. If you require it, your case manager will arrange home care, special equipment, or other home services.
If you feel you will need extra help when you return home, please ask to speak to your case manager. We want you to be comfortable with your discharge and make sure you are ready to care for yourself at home. We will do everything we can to assure a smooth transition.
Medical Social Workers (MSW)
Our staff social workers assist with discharge planning for patients who are to be transferred to rehabilitation, long-term care, hospice and other facilities.
Once you are home, be certain to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. You may want to keep a list of questions you’ll want to ask your doctor at your next scheduled follow-up visit.
You will have a business card with the name and number of your Roswell Park doctor and the center where you are receiving your care. Please keep this card handy. Roswell Park centers are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
After 5 p.m., and on weekends and holidays, call 716-845-2300 and the operator will connect you to the physician on call who can assist you.
Call your Roswell Park doctor and/or nurse if . . .
Call your primary care physician if . . .
Call Case Management If . . .
Case Management may be reached at 716-845-8022.
If you require medical attention outside of business hours and are directed to go to the emergency room:
If you feel that you are in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 immediately.
Life threatening situations include:
If at any time you are unsure about what to do or where to go, please call your doctor for instructions.