The Need to Know by NICHE series provides important healthcare information for older adult patients and their families. These informational sheets help prepare people for the realities of their healthcare journey.
• Care after Hip Fracture Surgery
• Communicating with the Healthcare Team
• Emergency Department
• Functional Decline
• Hip Fracture & Repair
• Managing Medications
• Meals and Nutrition
• Palliative Care
• Patient Environment
• Restraint Use
• Safety Falls
• Skin Care: Pressure Ulcers
Dementia Transition Series
This Need to Know series is presented in partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
• Home to Hospital
• Hospital to Home
• Hospital to LTC or Rehabilitation
• What to Communicate at the Hospital
The Joint Commission offers the “Speak Up™” program to urge older adult patients to take a role in preventing healthcare errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the healthcare team.
Speak Up™encourages the public to:
• Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know.
• Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medications by the right healthcare professionals. Don’t assume anything.
• Educate yourself about your diagnosis, the medical tests you are undergoing, and your treatment plan.
• Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
• Know what medications you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common healthcare mistakes.
• Use a hospital, clinic, surgery center or other type of healthcare organization that has undergone a rigorous onsite evaluation of quality and safety standards.
• Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the healthcare team.
Note: The NICHE for Patient+Family Encyclopedia provides links to third party web sites, however, NICHE does not recommend and or endorse any products or any of the content on any third party websites.