A Simple Checklist To Help You Monitor Hospital Medications
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A Simple Checklist To Help You Monitor Hospital Medications

Family and friend caregivers play one of the most important but overlooked watchdog roles in the hospital: tracking the many medications dispensed to their loved ones. By being present at bedside, caregivers can become familiar with medications and their scheduling. Studies consistently show that family caregivers are often the first to sound the alarm about…

3 Top Tips to Help You Navigate Restricted Hospital Visiting
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3 Top Tips to Help You Navigate Restricted Hospital Visiting

Anna’s hospital allowed only one vaccinated visitor for non-Covid patients per day and only from 10 am to 5 pm. While both parents had flown in to support their adult daughter, as a family, they decided that her mom would be the designated daily visitor and point person with the nurses and doctors. In my…

The Only Hospital Discharge Planning Checklist You Need During Covid
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The Only Hospital Discharge Planning Checklist You Need During Covid

Leaving the hospital for home is always a stressful time. It is especially so now. Effective discharge planning is even more critical during the pandemic when hospitals have been overwhelmed. Restrictive or zero visitation policies mean all patients, both Covid and non-Covid, are alone in the hospital as their families struggle to connect with overburdened…

Safe Hospital Discharge to Home Over the Phone: A 4-Part Series to Help You Plan
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Safe Hospital Discharge to Home Over the Phone: A 4-Part Series to Help You Plan

Week #1 in this series No time during a hospitalization is potentially more at risk for confusion and communication breakdowns, even in normal times, than at discharge when a patient is transitioning from hospital to home. It is at this moment that the burden of care shifts squarely to the shoulders of family. Caregiver Issues…

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