How can I line up Home Care Services for Inpatients?

Question: How can arrangements for home care be ordered for inpatients prior to discharge?

Context: The requested home care services will be fulfilled outside the current inpatient admission. Consequently, prescribers may wonder how specific requests can be placed. 

Answer: Home care referrals and service requests can be entered using an integrated "Home Care Orders" orderset. This should appear when using the inpatient orders activity to search for "Home Care". If proximate to discharge, home care orders can also be entered within the Discharge Orders portion of the Discharge Navigator. 

In many cases, these orders are entered by transition coordinators or nurses, with a prescriber co-sign. Specific medication monitoring, professional service and other requests need to be entered with a Home Care Service Order. Step-by-step instructions are provided: