Mclean Hospital
Guides to Care

Guide to Transitioning from Inpatient Care

Helpful information for families and friends

Dear Family Member,
Because you are reading this, it is likely that you are going through the experience of having a loved one hospitalized with a psychiatric illness. Our hearts go out to you.

This guide has been developed to help you through the transition and the confusing maze that is our healthcare system. Because families come in all shapes, sizes, and combinations, everyone’s experience will be different. The one thing that is consistent, however, is that families play a vital role in the recovery process.

Inspired by our social workers’ countless meetings with patients, families, and McLean’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, this guide addresses questions that are often posed by families as their loved ones prepare to leave an inpatient unit at McLean.

Thank you to all of the family members who have advised us by sharing their insights, perspectives, and suggestions as we developed this guide.

Our goal at McLean Hospital is to help you and your loved one by affirming hope, supporting treatment, and helping everyone move forward with new knowledge, skills, and realistic expectations.

We hope that you will find this guide helpful.

Department of Social Work, McLean Hospital