When your loved one requires a stay in the hospital, you may wonder whether they are receiving first class care. While you want to trust that the hospital has your loved one’s best interests in mind, it is beneficial to take some steps to be sure that there is a high level of attentiveness in their treatment.
It is ideal to develop an approach that ensures a positive relationship with hospital staff, while taking measure to protect your loved one and insulate them from possible mistakes. Here are some ideas about how to make sure your loved one receives first class care while they are hospitalized:
Be present when doctors make their rounds. Check in with the nurses’ station to find out when various doctors are expected to make rounds. Be ready with any questions and take notes on the updates you receive.
Get familiar with medications and treatment. Write down the medications and their doses, make note of any upcoming tests or procedures and don’t be afraid to speak up if a dose or a test given doesn’t match what you expected. Being familiar with the patient’s medications and treatment plans can help you prevent a medical error, and asking questions helps the staff slow down and double-check their care.
Get to know the primary nurses. The primary nurse is the point person for your loved one’s care and they will know each patient’s daily treatment. While there may be a different primary nurse for each shift, it will be beneficial to establish a relationship with them.
Learn about your loved one’s condition. In order for your loved one to receive first class care, it is important to gather information about the condition. Such research can help you in conversations with doctors. Your questions will be more informed and you will be better able to spot a problem in the care or consider an alternative treatment solution.
Plan to schedule a family member to be at the hospital around the clock. Your loved one will recover more quickly if they are surrounded by family. If more than one family member spends extensive time at the hospital, appoint one person to coordinate conversations with healthcare workers. If it is not possible to have a family member there at all times, consider hiring a companion. Be aware that on a holiday or a weekend, nurses may be understaffed and it may be particularly important to have a family member present.
Take extensive notes. Be sure to record the plan for treatment, results for lab tests and physician information. It may also be beneficial to record vital signs. If multiple family members are spending time at the hospital, have each person record new information.
Monitor your loved one’s pain level. First class care encompasses not only the management of the condition, but also the comfort of your loved one. Ask the primary care physician to order pain medication so that if pain issues arise, the patient can immediately be given medication without authorization from the doctor.
Bedridden patients require extra attention. Talk with the primary care nurse to find out how often your loved one needs to be turned to avoid bedsores.
When your loved one is hospitalized, don’t leave their treatment quality to chance. You are not alone in your desire for your loved one to receive first class care. Contact Freudenthal Home Health for assistance in ensuring that your loved one is cared for in the best possible way during a hospital stay.