Discharge planning is a process that facilitates moving a person from one level of care or health care setting to another, or from a temporary or shelter setting back to the community for more permanent placement. While individual plans will be based on a person's needs and available resources, plans for the process should be ready for activation at any time.
The process begins when a person enters a temporary setting. Staff should make an assessment of needs and identify available resources, community services, and supports. The process continues by linking persons to those resources and following up to ensure that acceptable services and supports are arranged.
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