How can you be active in your care?
There are a number of things that you and your family can do to assist your care team in providing safer care.
- Let the team know what your wishes are for your health and care.
- Tell the doctor, nurse or social worker about how you are feeling or changes you may be experiencing.
- Know what medications you take and why you take them, along with their potential side effects and who to notify if you have questions.
- Using walking aids when needed to help prevent falls.
- Make sure you have the proper footwear for walking.
- Practice good hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infections (i.e. before eating and after coughing, sneezing or using the washroom).
- Get the annual flu shot and the pneumococcal vaccine upon admission.
- Ask your family and other visitors to stay at home if they are not feeling well.
Ask us questions about:
- Any medications that are unfamiliar to you.
- Your plan of care and the best options for you.
- If you need more information to help you make decisions about your care.
- The names and roles of persons providing your care.
- Our hand hygiene practices.