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

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Hospital Admissions

An admission to the hospital is a complicated process whether planned for or due to an emergency. It is often a confusing and overwhelming process for family caregivers and patients. This guide offers practical information that family caregivers can use as they prepare for an admission of their family member or while already at the hospital following an emergency. Health care providers can use this guide to enhance conversations with family caregivers about the hospital experience.

Hospital Admission

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

"Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient?" in English and Spanish download pdf

Extended observation in hospital emergency rooms (ER), on special observation units, or even in regular hospital rooms without being admitted to the hospital is a new concept in health care, with significant implications for payment as well as services after leaving the hospital, such as home care and rehabilitation. This brochure can clarify the consequences for both health care providers and family caregivers.

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