While health care providers aim to help their patients maintain or improve their health, it’s important to always be aware of your treatment plan, medications, and any risks involved. Whether you’re undergoing in-patient care, live in care, or senior care, being an active member of your health care team will ensure your patient safety and overall wellbeing.
Ask questions about your in-patient care or home health care services if you have concerns. It can be helpful to have a family member or friend present to help you understand the information you receive. In a hospital setting, a Patient Advocate can also be present to help you make the best choices for your health.
Questions you might ask your health care provider:
- What is my diagnosis?
- What are my options for treatment?
- Are there any risks?
- Are there alternatives?
Before you’re discharged from hospital or leave your health care provider’s office, ask:
- What are my medications, dosages, and are there side effects I should watch for?
- When is my follow-up appointment?
- Will I need home health care services, such as live in care or senior care?
Ask who will oversee your care when you’re having a medical or diagnostic test:
- Ask questions about the test, such as what the test is for, the procedure, and outcomes.
- Tell the person providing the test if you think you have been confused with another patient.
Become actively involved in your health care:
- Make sure your health care providers confirm your identity before administering medications or treatment.
- Make sure that the medication given to you is the correct medication.
- If you are having surgery, make sure the health care team and surgeon agree on the procedure you’re having, and make sure that the area to be operated on is marked.
- If an error occurs, your health care providers must tell you.
You may need a Patient Advocate to resolve your concerns about the error.
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