Imagine your elderly mom or dad is in the hospital several days after surgery. The doctors and nurses visit several times during the day, offering advice and asking questions about further care. Your loved one answers but can’t recall the details of the conversation once you arrive.
This is how many health-related situations go from bad to worse. Your loved one has difficulty expressing themselves. You don’t have the option of being with them twenty-four hours of the day. You have a family too.
That’s where a senior need advocate can help. They can be there when you can’t. They can do many different things.
A senior need advocate is there to ensure that both the medical staff and the patient understands the problem and the treatment. They can educate both sides to help stay on top of the latest medical advice and ensure both sides make informed decisions. Your loved one often has many doctors, nurses, therapists, and other staff adding to the level of care. A senior need advocate can ensure their messages aren’t mixed, offering countering levels of advice. A senior need advocate will also ensure that your loved one understands the process they will be going through, and relay that information to you as well. [Read more…]