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Discharge Planning

If you will need care after discharge, our team of case managers, social workers and geriatric service professionals is available to provide coordinated referral services.

Case Managers

Our Case Managers can be reached at 908-859-6749.

They will help you and your family make arrangements for:

  • Home health nursing; homemakers
  • Respiratory home care; durable medical equipment
  • Home physical, speech and/or occupational therapy
  • Home intravenous (IV) medication administration
  • Meals on Wheels

Social Workers

Our Social Workers can be reached at 908-859-6749.

They will help you and your family make arrangements for:

  • Hospice care; nursing home placement; rehabilitation
  • Community financial assistance programs including PAAD, Rent Assistance and Medicaid
  • Counseling, guardianship, advance directives
  • Assistance for HIV patients and for the homeless
  • Social work for emergency department patients

Geriatric Service Professionals

The Center for Positive Aging can be reached at 908-859-6722.

If you are age 65 or older, you and your family may contact us for help with:

  • Outpatient geriatric assessment
  • Adult day health services
  • Mental status testing
  • Advance directives counseling for those age 65 and older
  • Caregiver support group
  • Transportation to the hospital, Commerce Center, Balance Center, and Comfort Zone Adult Day Health Center


Utilization Review

The appropriateness of admission and the progress of each patient is monitored by the hospital's Utilization Review process to ensure that unnecessary admissions and prolonged hospital stays are avoided. Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, Blue Cross, AETNA and other insurance programs do not pay for hospitalization of patients who can be treated equally well in alternative health care settings outside the hospital. If it is determined that you no longer require the full range of acute care services provided by the hospital, your physician will be notified. We are required by the state of New Jersey to follow this procedure strictly. We will make every effort to help you with discharge planning and can assist you in arranging for convalescence in an extended care facility or at home, assisted by community agencies.

Talk to Your Doctor

You and your doctor know more about your condition and your health needs than anyone else. Decisions about your medical treatment should be made between you and your doctor. If you have questions about your medical treatment, your need to continue hospital care, your discharge, or your need for possible post-hospital care, do not hesitate to ask your doctor. The St. Luke's Warren Hospital patient visitor or social worker will also help you with your questions and concerns about available hospital services.


Your physician will tell you when you are to be discharged. Please arrange to check out before 11 am. The person who will be taking you home should check in at the nursing station of your unit. A staff member will escort you to the main entrance.

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