Mar 19, 2021
Being a healthcare advocate for someone you love can be challenging. In the first episode of our Patient Advocacy Series, we’re talking about...talking. Communication is key. Everyone needs an advocate, someone who can keep track of information and coordinate with the healthcare team. The exchange of information during serious illness can be overwhelming! Being able to communicate clearly and directly with anyone providing your care is crucial. Be sure to identify yourself and who the patient is every time you have to talk with a care provider. Explain what the need is. Your hospice team can provide better care based on the information you provide. Write down the instructions you get; when you’re tired or grieving you might forget what you’ve been told. And ask questions fearlessly! If you’re a hospice professional, remember the rules of communication apply to you too. Patients and caregivers need to hear terms they understand at a pace that allows for their comprehension. Leave written instructions and be sure to coordinate with the rest of the team about any changes in the patient’s status. If you need more information about being an advocacy for someone's end of life journey, check out theheartofhospice.com. The website is here to help you 24/7. We’re here to help make your hospice journey the best possible. You are The Heart of Hospice!