Advocate For Your Brain Injury Patient – Practical Caregiving Tips
by Marie Gibson
This article is part two of a three part series that will help you advocate for your loved one with a Traumatic Brain Injury, feel more confident about your role as a caregiver, and communicate effectively with medical professionals. These tips and actions are practical and provide real life advice to help you navigate through the countless tests, doctors, nurses, therapists, medicines and other medical professionals and new terminology. Moving forward, accept that you have a steep learning curve and apply yourself persistently.
Part 2: Communication and Collaboration with other caregivers; professional staff
You will need to actively communicate and talk with the medical professionals and other family caregivers. Now is the time to speak up and be assertive although not antagonistic. If there is an issue be sure to mention it to the doctors or nurses.
The hospital experience can be very frustrating and there is a large learning curve for terminology, diagnosis, procedures, tests and medicines. You must step up to being an active learner and ask your questions.
Track the names, titles and contact information of all the health professionals that help your patient.
Track and share the details of specific conversations with other doctors, nurses and therapists if you believe that it will help your patient.
An extra pair of eyes, extra set of hands and a loving heart in the room with the patient is always best….doesn’t matter if it’s physical or emotional—be there.
Mentioning behavior changes, results of new tests or comments from other doctors to nurses and other staff is entirely appropriate…be an advocate for your patient.
Stay tuned for our next article: Tips for control and confidence of one’s own emotions
Marie Gibson is an author and speaker who advises caregivers on how family members can become crucial advocates for their hospitalized family member, and who also leads employee training at health care institutions. She is author of The Caregiver’s Journal and Peace of Mind for Caring Hearts and Helping Hands.
Using an organizational tracking tool like The Caregiver’s Journal will provide greater clarity in comforting your patient, communicating and collaborating for their health with the medical professionals and you will have more confidence and control of your own emotions. If you find these tips valuable, you’ll find more at www.The-Caregivers-Journal.com.