Advocating for a Loved One #Healthcare

April 8, 2018

 

During the time period between graduating with my Bachelor's degree and starting graduate school, I moved home to my parent's house so that I could look for a part-time job and help with various household duties. What I didn't expect was to spend much of my time in a hospital keeping an eye on a loved one's care while sharing the responsibility to advocate for their needs with other family members.

Here is one takeaway from that time period:

1. If you are available, make it a priority to be with your loved one that's in the hospital (especially, if it looks like he/she may have a lengthy stay). Even if you cannot be there every day, try your best to find someone you trust to rotate through shifts with you or at least be there at strategic times of the day (like when healthcare providers trade off in the middle of the night or morning). This is a key time to make sure you can follow-up if you've heard specific instructions that were not acted on during a particular shift, or take notes if there are anticipated changes in care that were never communicated to you directly.

 

 

Questions to Ponder:

 

1. Describe a situation where you had to advocate for a loved one (your age or older) in a healthcare setting.

 

 

2. Answer at least one of the questions below:

*What are some takeaways from the above experience that you would like to share with individuals in their 20s or 30s?

 

*What do you wish you had known when you were in your 20s or 30s?

 

 

 

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This blog series is focused on Advocating for a Loved One.

 

Would you like to have your story or experience featured on Informed!? Email your answers or story to livinginformed@gmail.com, along with a pen name (if you would like to remain anonymous).

 

 

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