While your loved one is in the hospital, he or she may not be able to communicate
or make important health care decisions. You and/or another family member
or friend can help. At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, we want to assist
you in understanding how you can care for your loved one by being a communicator
and an advocate.
Caregiver Tips & Suggestions
- Know the condition or illness your loved one is being treated for and the
treatment options available to him/her.
- Know your loved one's rights, as well as their responsibilities.
- Know whether or not your loved one has an advance directive, and if so,
what it specifies.
- Don't be afraid to speak up! If your loved one is too ill or reluctant
to ask questions, make note of his or her concerns and any you may have.
- Track your loved one's prescribed medications and dosages while in
the hospital and know what is prescribed upon discharge.
- Ask to speak with a case manager to find out what your options are following
- Understand the discharge instructions recommended by your loved one's
- While you are making sure your loved one's needs are being met, don't
neglect your own. Caregiving can be a stressful and time-consuming responsibility,
so be sure not to neglect your diet and exercise routine, sleep requirements
and need for personal time/space.
For more information about how you can ease the stress of caregiving, visit
Caregiving is a both a serious and gratifying responsibility. Although
at times the caregiver may become overwhelmed, it's nice to know there
are several highly regarded resources you can turn to for information
and suggestions. Please click on the link below for a listing of these
resources what will help provide you with important information and tips.
Administration on Aging
Family Caregiver Alliance
Information, referrals and support for caregivers of the elderly and chronically ill
Help with locating aging services throughout the U.S.
Official U.S. government site for people with Medicare
National Alliance for Caregiving
Support for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them
Caregiver Action Network
Support for caregivers of chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones