It is important for patients to ask questions about their care and to advocate for their needs. The resources below may help you work with the healthcare system and receive the best care possible. You can also utilize a Patient Advocate, Ombudsman, or Patient Representative who may be able to help you in working with healthcare professionals or to assist you in learning more about the issues that matter to you.
- Patient Advocate Foundation
- Talking with your doctor: A guide for older people
- Safety as you go from hospital to home
- Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss
If you would like to advocate for more resources for older persons, contact your congressperson or local representative to advocate for research and funds to be dedicated towards caring for older persons. Click here to find your member of congress.
The Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging has a comprehensive list of organizations and resources on a variety of topics including advocacy for issues on aging, Alzheimer’s disease, elder rights, caregiving, and long-term care.
This brochure is a guide to delirium for patients, family members, and caregivers and provides information on topics such as delirium symptoms, tips for reducing the risk of delirium, and caring for a loved one who is delirious.