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 person 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’ll be coping with shock, anxiety, life-altering decisions, and more. Get warm emotional support and practical advice to help you cope, manage logistics, and make critical decisions.
Talk with Certified Caregiving ConsultantTM and AARP family caregiving consultant Beth Suereth to:
- Get perspectives, tips, and tricks to help you manage the hospital experience
- Find out when to ask about palliative care, a consultation with a geriatrician, or a hospice evaluation (It’s earlier than you may think.)
- Learn how to prepare for the medical/nursing care you’ll be handling at home after the hospital stay
When a care plan becomes an end-of-life plan, the focus becomes balancing your loved one’s quality of life and quantity of life. You can talk about the shift from care that cures to care that keeps your loved one comfortable through the final days. You can also discuss ways to make an emotion-filled time meaningful for your entire family.
Schedule a free 30-minute free consultation to talk about what you need to manage the hospital stay and the care you’ll be managing at home afterward.
Or contact Beth at 201.207.5602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take the class: How to Help Your Loved One in the Hospital: You Can Make a Difference
When a loved one is in the hospital, there’s a lot to manage — and it feels overwhelming. Get practical tips and tricks for managing the hospital experience and understanding the importance of your role as a family caregiver.
Hear about Beth’s caregiving experience and learn:
- What to expect in the hospital
- How to keep track of the details to prevent common hospital mistakes
- How to prepare for care at home after the hospital stay and keep your loved one from going back!
“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.