In today’s Parade magazine (bundled with the 3 pounds of newspaper delivered each Sunday) the headline article is:
I read it, mostly out of a sense of curiosity, and their highlighted items make sense to me.
- have a medication list, up to date
- know your allergies
- know your doctor’s name
- have a copy of your EKG (if you’re a heart patient)
And all that makes sense to me. The other thing they recommend, and which I cautiously endorse, is ‘get staff attention when something changes or it’s been a long time since re-eval’. Once a year this really pays off for the patient, and it’s appreciated, which is why I cautiously endorse getting attention. What I would caution, however, is that after you’ve made your concern known, and the complaint has been addressed, most likely nothing is going to change.
It’s a long wait because the resources are limited, no there’s not a bed upstairs yet, and screaming for more attention (as I had to deal with recently) doesn’t make a bed magically appear, it just keeps us from doing anything but listen to your self-important carping. So, make sure you’re not forgotten but don’t expect that to change anything most of the time.