As a concerned and caring family member, you make it your first priority to ensure that the people you care about are as happy and healthy as possible. However, when you have a loved one who is aging and requires more and more medical attention, you realize that stays in the hospital for care are going to be a reality for them. While hospitals and medical care are not always the most pleasant places and experiences, there are some steps you can take to ensure your loved one receives the best hospital care and has a patient experience that is positive overall. Get to know some of these steps so that you and your loved one can feel better about their experience in the hospital.
Get to Know Your Loved One's Medical Team
One of the best ways to begin the process of monitoring your aging loved one's hospital care is to interact with and get to know their medical team. Oftentimes, your loved one will interact the most with their nurses with only occasional discussions and meetings with their doctors.
While you are visiting your loved one, talk to the nurses, ask questions, ask them what amenities are offered to your loved one while they stay in the hospital. Try to encourage your loved one to interact in a friendly manner with their nurses as well, if possible.
If one of the nurses in your loved one's rotation brings a negative attitude or energy to the room every time they enter, you can ask for that nurse to be removed from their care team. Having only positive people around your loved one while they are hospitalized will help them to maintain a positive attitude and outlook. And this type of positive patient experience often leads to faster recovery times and better outcomes overall.
Consider A Non-Medical Care Service
If you cannot be with your loved one at all times, but want to be sure that they are well taken care of and not left alone during an extended hospital stay, you may want to consider hiring what is known as a non-medical home care services provider. These caregivers will come to your loved one's hospital room and provide them with companionship, assistance with general tasks such as phone calls, calling the nurse for assistance, and keeping them comfortable and happy in spite of being in the hospital.
Because these "home" caregivers are not medical practitioners, they can essentially provide the same services that you would while you are visiting. If you want someone to read to your loved one or just sit and talk with them for a few hours, this is within the realm of what caregivers do. Home care service workers are also advocates for the clients they work for, meaning they will report any signs of patient neglect or mistreatment to you and their company as soon as it occurs, helping to further ensure that your loved one has the best patient experience possible.
With these tips in mind, you can better ensure that your aging loved one receives the best hospital care possible and has the most positive patient experience they can. This will help improve their recovery and their overall treatment outcome.