How to Watch Out for Someone's Best Interests in the Hospital
A person in the hospital is at greater risk than others, so be ready to keep tabs on treatments, ask questions, and act as an advocate.
- If the Patients' Bill of Rights is not posted in a place where it can be seen, ask for a copy.
- Agree only to treatments that have been thoroughly explained.
- If something is not being done and you think it should be, ask why.
- Be friendly and show respect to hospital staff. They will probably respond better to you and to the person in your care. Bad feelings between family members and staff may cause the staff to avoid the person.
- Assist with the person's grooming and care.
- Speak up if you notice doctors or nurses examining anyone without first washing their hands.
- Check all bills and ask questions about anything that isn't clear to you.