Patient & Family Services
An important part of each patient's recovery is assuring a smooth transition from hospitalization to discharge. Medical social workers work closely with patients, family members and medical staff to assess needs and work with patients and their families to arrange appropriate medical equipment, homecare, nursing services, Personal Emergency Response Systems, Meals on Wheels or extended-care facility arrangements.
Patients are asked upon admission whether or not they have executed an Advance Directive, a document that outlines choices for future healthcare. Examples include a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.
If a patient does not have an Advance Directive, our Patient and Family Services Department has certified Advance Directive counselors available to assist patients, free of charge, with writing down their wishes about future medical treatment. This service is also available to the community.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Our patients know that their rights will be respected. But patients also hold responsibilities related to receiving effective care. These rights and responsibilities will be shared with the patient or legal representative before starting or ending patient care whenever possible.