Your care team in the hospital will work with you to decide when the time is right for your child to go home. Getting ready to discharge home is an exciting step! It means that your child’s health is stable and it is safe for them to leave the hospital.
At first it may feel overwhelming to think about bringing home a child who has spent weeks or even months surrounded by advanced medical equipment. Know that your care team will be there to support you every step of the way.
As you prepare for discharge, the two major things you need to focus on are developing the skills to care for your child at home and learning where to find help after discharge.
The care team will start working with you while your child is still in the hospital. They have a lot of experience with parents in your situation, and they know what skills you will need based on your child’s condition.
You should feel confident knowing that even though you will no longer physically be at the hospital, there are still many people invested in your child’s health and wellbeing. Your care team will continue to be a resource for your family after discharge, and they will help you create the network you need for practical and emotional support.