Written by Karen Fowler
Recently, a very good friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer. During the Covid -19 restrictions, communication with her medical team became even more of a challenge. From testing delays to video-chats, it seemed more difficult for everyone to be on the same page. And it felt like she was the only person worried about how long everything was taking. She sometimes felt more confused when she was able to talk to her doctors, than when she began the conversation. But here’s the thing – it is HER RIGHT to understand! And, if you are in a similar situation – it is yours too:
AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION’S PATIENT’S BILL OF RIGHTS:
“… the patient has the right and is encouraged to obtain from physicians and other direct caregivers relevant, current and understandable information concerning diagnosis, treatment and prognosis… to discuss and request information related to specific procedures and/or treatments, the risks involved, the possible length of recuperation, and the medically reasonable alternatives and their accompanying risks and benefits,… [and] to make decisions about the plan of care prior to and during the course of treatment.”
Good healthcare begins with good communication – as challenging as that may be in today’s world. Here are some helpful suggestions:
Please know, if you are facing serious medical decisions, we at Home Hospice and Home Nursing have dedicated medical professionals available to help you navigate that journey. Immediate help is available – either by phone (432) 580-9990 or visit us on-line at www.homehospicewtx.com. Sometimes it helps just to know what questions to ask. We’re honored to be here.