86yr old man with dementia, two faints and 3 falls in last 2 months, requires 24-hour custodial care, was in hospital after two falls in one day was released and placed in taxi. He had no wallet or ID, no keys, no shoes (hospital lost them), no idea whether anyone would be at his home, it is on record that he lives alone but custodial care split between son and hired caregiver. There was no set time given for his release or even word that it was certain he would be released. I am the son and I had explained to floor nurse the previous day that I would not be able to pick him up until after work approx. 7:30pm-8:00pm. She said it would be fine and that they do not force people out when they do not have anyone readily available to pick them up. I had expected him to be released that day and taken it off but I needed to work the following day. I would have taken the day off anyway had she said it would not be OK. They did not call me. They had no idea whether anyone would be at his home. He was not expected and for all they knew I was at work or on my way to collect him as he was sent away in a taxi. Fortunately there was a caregiver at his house because I never had the minimum 48-hour notice required and had to pay a caregiver even though my father had been in the hospital. Even though nothing happened they should be held accountable for the gross error and high risk they subjected him to. He had been brought to the hospital for having fallen twice on Sunday. He was prone to falls. He has dementia and should never be on his own. It was his hospital and all of this is in his medical records there. I'd like to see them severely punished for such a stupid decision so this never happens to anyone else.