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Hospital Stay Handbook
Hospital Stay Handbook
A Guide to Becoming a Patient Advocate for Your Loved Ones

By: Jari Holland Buck
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738712246
English  |  264 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: November 2007
Price: $18.95 US,  $21.95 CAN
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Foreword: A Doctor's Perspective on Advocacy: A View from Above the Bed . . . xi

A Patient's Perspective on Advocacy: A View from the Bed . . . xiii

An Advocate's Perspective on Advocacy: A View from the Bedside . . . xvii

Read Me First, Read Me Often: How to Use This Book . . . xxv

Our Story: one Day, After Lunch . . . 1

14 KEY RECOMMENDATIONS
Recommendation 1 take Care of Yourself . . . 17

Checklist A: Taking Care of Me 26
Recommendation 2 Choose Your Hospital with Awareness . . . 29

Checklist B: Gathering Information From/About
Your Doctor 40

Checklist C: Gathering Information About
Your Hospital 41

Checklist D: Hospital Evaluation 43
Recommendation 3 Pick the Days of Your stay Carefully . . . 47
Recommendation 4 Take Legal Steps to Ensure the Patient's Wishes
Are Honored . . . 53

Checklist E: Preparing Legal Documents 60
Recommendation 5 Read and Use the Patient Advocacy
Statement . . . 61
Recommendation 6 Assume Your Loved One Can Hear Everything, so
Speak in the Positive . . . 73
Recommendation 7 Educate Yourself . . . 77
Recommendation 8 Ask About Every Medication, Injection,
and IV Solution . . . 81
Recommendation 9 Understand Every Procedure Used or Denied in
Treatment . . . 89

Checklist F: Procedure Preparation 97
Recommendation 10 Keep Track of All Supplies and Services, Warranted
and Unwarranted . . . 99
Recommendation 11 Arrange for 24/7 Coverage . . . 101

Care Team Notebook 105
Recommendation 12 Pray . . . 115
Recommendation 13 Surrender . . . 119
Recommendation 14 Take Care of Yourself . . . 123

For A Deeper Understanding
Lessons in Advocacy . . . 131
Lessons in Caregiving . . . 157
Lessons in Money Matters . . . 165

Afterword: Life and spirit: the Next six Years . . . 173

Acknowledgments . . . 183

Appendix A: Patient Forms . . . 187
Sample Durable Medical Power of Attorney Form 188
Sample
Living Will Form 189
Sample
Out-Of-Hospital “Do Not Resuscitate” Order 190
Instructions for First Responders/EMS 191
Sample
Anatomical Gifts Form 192
Sample
Power of Attorney Form 193
Sample
HIPAA Waiver 194

Appendix B: Hospital Forms . . . 195
Sample Patient Advocacy Statement 196
Sample
Medical Information and Privacy Statement 200

Resources . . . 211

Index . . . 229





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