Category: Hospital

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What is the NHS Two-Weeks Rule?

As of April 1st, 2010, you have the urgent two-week referral right. The two-weeks rule means you your doctor urgently refers you to a specialist. You will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within two weeks of your…
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What Does Fast Track NHS Mean?

The National Health Service (NHS) fast track funding process allows you to obtain funding to cover the full cost of your loved one’s care in place within 48 hours. NHS Continuing Healthcare Fast Track funding is for patients with a…
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What does Fast Track Discharge Mean?

A fast track discharge plan is for patients with a rapidly deteriorating illness who may be entering a terminal phase. The aim of fast track discharge from the hospital is to transfer the patient to a preferred place of care,…
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Can Paramedics Make You Go to the Hospital?

No, they cannot. Emergency personnel can encourage you to go to the hospital, ask questions, listen, and reflect. However, it is your right to decide whether and how you will get to the hospital.
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How Do I Appeal a Hospital Discharge?

If you believe that you are being discharged from a hospital too early, you can appeal to hospital discharge. You can contact the Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for an immediate review of your case. You may…
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Can You be Discharged from the Hospital on a Weekend?

Yes, you can, but this is rarely the case. Most hospitals discharge patients during the weekdays. Research finds that people discharged from the hospital on the weekend are nearly 40 percent more likely to be back on Accident and Emergency…
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How Can I Prevent Early Discharge from the Hospital?

Extended hospital stays are less and less common today. Factors such as innovations in health care that speed recovery, pressure from insurance companies to keep costs down, and availability of online procedures and tests have considerably shortened hospitals’ stays. Most…
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What Happens if You Leave ER without being Seen?

People check-in ER and leave before a physician can see them for many reasons. Some people leave after the nurse’s triage, convinced that they are already feeling better or that their condition is not that serious. When a nurse tells…
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Can You Walk Out of ER without Being Discharged?

Yes. You can walk out of the ER without being discharged. For example, you may come to the ER and find every bed filled, the staff running around, and face hours of waiting in the emergency waiting room. If you…
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What Happens If You Leave a Hospital Before Discharge?

You cannot be kept in the hospital against your will. The hospital can be liable for “false imprisonment” if hospital staff and officials attempt to prevent you from leaving before hospital discharge. However, it would be best to discuss your…
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Response to COVID-19

Devoted Guardians is actively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus, COVID-19, to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information on the threat of the virus. As you know, this situation continues to develop rapidly as new cases are identified in our communities and our protocols will be adjusted as needed.

While most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing only fever and cough, a very small percentage of cases become severe and may progress particularly in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. Because this is the primary population that Devoted Guardians serves, we understand your concerns and want to share with you how our organization is responding to the threat of COVID-19.

We are following updates and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) State Department of Health, local and county authorities, the Home Care Association of America and other agencies and resources. Our response and plans may adjust according to the recommendations from these organizations.