- Doctors known as 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 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, make sure everything goes as planned, and help the patient get better at home afterward?
The family caregiver.
See a list of useful websites that can help you take great care of your loved one.
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 to help. That helper is called a family caregiver.
Our easy-to-read guide
- 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
The CP Family Caregiver Training ProgramTM
- Before going into the hospital
- During the hospital stay
- As the patient gets ready to leave the hospital and manage care at home
– Suzanne F., family caregiver in Chicago, Illinois