Next Step in Care: Family Caregivers & Health Care Professionals Working Together

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What You Need to Know

The hospital is a place where a lot can happen in a very short amount of time. Often, big decisions must be made that will affect not only the person needing care, but all the people in that patient's life - spouses, children, partners, friends, co-workers, and so many more.

These guides and checklists can help you understand what may be needed, what needs to be asked, who to talk with, and what your role as a family caregiver could be. The guides can help you make informed decisions.

The First Step in Care: Becoming a Family Caregiver

Hospital Admission: How to Plan and What to Expect During the Stay

What Is a Hospitalist?

Surgery for Older Adults

Hospital-to-Home Discharge Guide

Short-Term Rehab Services in an Inpatient Setting

Your Family Member's Personal Health Record

Medication Management

Medication Management Form

Hospice and Palliative Care

LGBT Caregiving 

As you think about the next steps, guides in these other categories may also help:

Discharge Planning           Rehabilitation and Subacute Care

Care at Home          Outpatient Care


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