Be Involved in Your Health Care

In situations which involve your own health care or of those close to you, it’s normal to feel worried or even a little scared.  Please know that RHC staff will do all they can to take good care of you and make you as comfortable as possible.

There are many ways to take an active role and work with your health care team to improve your health. Being involved means speaking up, asking questions, and understanding your role. Don’t be shy about asking questions. You have a right to know what will happen to you. Knowing this can give you peace of mind. It can also help make sure you get the best care possible. So don’t hesitate to speak up!

Do you understand your health problem?  Write down any questions you have about your condition and treatment.  Then, ask your provider for the answers. For instance:

  • Could you please explain that to me?
  • Can I come back with my family to talk about this again?
  • How sure are you that I have this condition?

Those involved in your care will welcome your questions. Find out more about your condition or treatments. If you are scheduled for surgery, make sure you, your doctor, and your surgeon all agree on exactly what will be done during your operation.

Anytime something doesn’t seem right, speak up!
Having an advocate can help with this. This is a family member or friend who comes with you to healthcare visits. He or she listens to what providers tell you, asks questions, and helps make sure that things go smoothly. Ask someone you trust to be your advocate. If you don’t have a family member or friend to serve this role and you want help, tell the doctor or nurse.

Ways you can assist

  • Wear your hospital bracelet at all times, this identifies you and communicates your identity to your caregivers.
  • Immediately alert medical staff of any changes in your condition.
  • Tell your caregiver about your past illnesses and about your current health condition.
  • Share information about allergies, sensitivities, or addictions such as smoking or alcohol.
  • Please follow posted instructions regarding infection control procedures and if you are unsure, ask the nursing staff for assistance.
  • Ask your Nurse about any new medication ordered for you.
  • Check your medications before you take them and let the Nurse know if they don’t look right.
  • Only take medications or vitamins given to you by the nursing staff.Respect the privacy of others, be they patients, medical doctors, or staff.

If you have concerns which require immediate attention, please tell your nurse or speak with the person in charge in your area.

Get involved in your care.  Ask questions, and provide information.