When an aging parent or other senior loved one is in the hospital, at the doctor’s office, in assisted living, or receiving services at home, the responsibility of advocating for quality care often falls on the primary caregiver. But what does that really mean? And how does one advocate effectively?
These are the questions that we’ll be asking and answering in tomorrow’s #ElderCareChat, a real-time Twitter forum for caregivers, professionals, and anyone else interested in elder care issues. It’s a great opportunity to network and connect, exchange ideas, share resources and find common ground on important caregiving topics.
Advocating for quality care is essentially being a champion for your loved one. You’re holding their caregivers and healthcare providers accountable. You’re making sure that his needs are being adequately and compassionately met. You’re verifying that you know all the care options available. You’re also staying up-to-date on changes in her condition — new medications, new health concerns, new care routines — so that 1. you can report back to concerned family members, and 2. you will be more aware of something unusual or irregular that may surface (signs of abuse, neglect, etc.).
Even in the best care settings, most staff members are unable to have sufficient one-on-one time with each patient, making your role as an advocate is crucial. Join the conversation tomorrow to learn more about being the best advocate possible. Follow @Seniors4Living on Twitter and use the hashtag #eldercarechat from 1 to 2pm ET to participate.