Regions Hospital Patient and guest support Preparing to go home
When will you go home?

The length of your stay depends on why you're here. For example, a planned surgery may mean you go home in a few days. But an unplanned visit, like for an unexpected medical event, might mean tests, observation and extra care.

Your care team will be in constant communication with you and each other. We'll do our best to estimate when you'll be going home and let you know the day before so you can plan accordingly.

When you leave the hospital

Your care team will give you written instructions and talk through them with you. You'll leave with all the information you need to know, including:

  • Follow-up appointment and care details
  • When to return to normal activities
  • Medications to take and potential side effects
  • Complications to watch for
  • Diet recommendations or restrictions
  • Information about transitional or home care, if needed

You'll also get a going home checklist, so you can double-check that you have everything you need. Before you leave, check out at the front desk in the area where you received care. We'll make sure you're all set to go home.

Once you're at home or at another care facility, we'll give you a call to see how you're doing.

How to get home from the hospital

You can have a friend or family member drive you home. If medical transportation is required, we will arrange it for you. Your insurance provider may cover the cost, depending on the type of transport required.

  • For non-emergency ambulance transport, the cost may be covered.
  • For wheel chair van rides, you'll typically need to cover the cost. You'll get a bill.

Learn more about our transportation service

Additional resources
Preparing for surgery

Find out what you need to do to get ready for your surgery.

Patient and guest support

Get info about support services, food options, guest lounges and more.