Social workers offer many services to help you manage your condition and treatment.

Discharge planning

Discharge planning assures continuity of care after you leave the hospital. Discharge planning begins when you are admitted to the hospital, and is coordinated with your doctor's plan for treatment.

Your health care team will talk with you and your family about options for discharge. A social worker may meet with you and your family to assess your needs and identify available resources. This assessment addresses your:

  • Physical and emotional needs
  • Available assistance from family and friends
  • Community resources
  • Financial resources

Following assessment, your social worker will discuss options and recommend the most appropriate plan. When you and your family decide on a plan, your social worker will coordinate the arrangements.

If you no longer need acute care, your insurance may no longer cover the costs of your hospitalization.


After your visit to Mayo Clinic, social workers can help you and your family arrange transportation by providing referrals, cost estimates and help with coordination. Read more about traveling to and from Mayo Clinic.

If you drive to Mayo Clinic, you may use designated parking ramps. Discounted parking rates are available for extended stays.

If you can't travel by car, medical transport options include ground and air ambulance. Mayo Clinic also provides accessibility services, including wheelchairs and escorts.


Many local hotels/motels offer a small discount for people who stay in Rochester for medical reasons. Read more about lodging in Rochester.

Many hotels in Rochester offer free shuttle service to Mayo Clinic buildings. You should ask about the hotel's shuttle schedule when making reservations. Many hotel shuttles are accessible for people who have disabilities; if you need accessible accommodations, please inquire at the hotel.


For more information, contact Social Work at 507-284-2131.