If you help a family member
or friend with a health condition, you’re a family caregiver
YOU can make a difference when your loved one is in the hospital
Hospital patients have a lot to manage, but they’re too sick or hurt to do it all. They need a family member or friend to help. That helper is called a family caregiver.
Our free easy-to-read guide
How to help your loved one in the hospital: You can make a difference tells family caregivers:
- What to expect in the hospital
- How to help a loved one get the best care
- How to plan for care at home after the hospital stay
One-to-one support from a Certified Caregiving ConsultantTM
A loved one’s sudden medical crisis means you need to cope with shock, anxiety, life-altering decisions, and more. And if the crisis turns into long-term caregiving, you’ll need information about resources and balancing your new responsibilities with all of the other aspects of your life.
Get warm emotional support and practical advice to help you manage your feelings and balance your needs with the needs of your loved one. Certified Caregiving Consultant and AARP family caregiving consultant Beth Suereth will give you perspectives, tips, and tricks to help you mange the hospital experience, plus strategies for coping with your family’s unique situation.
When your loved one gets home from the hospital, you’ll be providing a lot of care.
Schedule a free 30-minute free consultation to talk about how to prepare for the care you’ll be managing at home and what you need.
Or contact Beth at 201.207.5602 or email@example.com.
The CP Family Caregiver Training ProgramTM
Family caregivers and their loved ones get personalized information to meet each family’s specific needs. We can help:
- Before going into the hospital
- During the hospital stay
- As the patient gets ready to leave the hospital and manage care at home
“Dear Beth, I am so thankful for our sessions together. As I have told you before, you say wonderful, sensible things that help me place the behavior of people, the events in life, and my mom’s disease in a proper perspective. After talking with you, I feel like although caregiving is often overwhelming, it is still doable, and that I can make it through. You make me feel more hopeful. I view you as ‘the bridge to my future’ — how to get there from here — and the support I need.”
– Suzanne F., family caregiver in Chicago, Illinois
In the hospital:
- It’s hard to coordinate care when so many people are involved.
- Doctors who are specialists are in charge of one part of a patient’s body, such as the heart or lungs. Doctors known as hospitalists are in charge of coordinating all of the specialists. Your loved one’s primary care doctor is often left out of discussions with specialists and hospitalists. And as work shifts change, all of these doctors change.
- Doctors and nurses work very hard but mistakes happen every day.
So who can keep track of everything that happens to a loved one in the hospital, help make sure everything goes as planned, and help the patient get better at home afterward?
You — the family caregiver.
More resources for family caregivers
See a list of useful websites that are full of information that can help you take great care of your loved one.