Respect for patient’s values, preferences and expressed needsEmpathy and understanding for their circumstances, fears,hopes, psychological state.All aspects of the patient and families needs, psychological,physical and social should be taken into account and seen as awhole to provide the best care possible.
In a minute, life changes for a patient and their family. It goes from lifeas they know it to one filled with doctors, hospital beds and waitingrooms, frightening tests and medical decisions . Their world and liveshave been turned upside down, sometimes forever. They are mostoften feeling scared, worried, confused, sad or a combination of theseand other emotions. Many times they have no one to express this to.
Whether the patient is a young child with an injury, a person midlife facing a chronic illness or an elderly person with a physical or cognitive decline, it can be a traumatic experience to be in the hospital.Every patient is in need ofCaregivers that give comfort,understanding, physical andemotional support.They need someone to not onlytake the time to care for theirphysical needs but for their wholeself.
Patients have a lot of time to think and worryOften their health care team are the onlypeople they talk to for hours or days at atime.They need more than just to have their testsrun and blood taken, they need a kind wordand listening ear.
PATIENTS NEED:A LISTENING EAR A KIND HEARTA GOOD LAUGH A WARM SMILEA DRINK OF WATER SOMEONE TO SHARE A STORY WITHA PERSON TO LISTEN TO THEIR FEARSA QUESTION ANSWERED THAT THEY ALWAYS FORGET TO ASK
You are a health care provider but YOU CAN BE MOREBE ONE: GIVE YOUR TIME AND YOUR EARSHOW YOU CARE DONATE YOUR SMILETODAY