“Always tell a patient, and tell him beforehand, when you are going out and when you will be back, whether it is for a day, an hour, or ten minutes. ...If you go without his knowing it, and he finds it out, he will never feel secure again.” Florence Nightingale 1860
Although most people look forward to going home from hospital, for some it can be a daunting step, especially if they will have to cope alone. It is very important that as much as possible can be done to reassure them and that they know the precise details of any arrangement that has been made on their behalf. Only then will they feel confident about the future.