I need an independent patient advocate to support someone I love
I get it. There are so many reasons you may need help caring for others. Maybe your child’s diagnosis is overwhelming. Perhaps you live hours away from an elderly parent. Or, your work schedule is not flexible enough to align to the hospital’s or to make all of the follow-up appointments. I understand—it doesn’t mean you don’t care. It just means you need help.
Your job is to help your loved one get healthy and/or stay healthy. My job is to make that less stressful for you. I’ll be here to offer the support you need—gathering information and doing the legwork to help you secure the resources your loved one needs, which will vary based on the type of issue he or she is facing:
Short-term, such as a surgery or treatment protocol to address a specific issue—planned or unexpected. Your loved one may need support at the hospital and or post-event support, in-home or at a specialized facility
Mid-term, for conditions that involve multiple appointments and procedures over time to reach resolution including chemotherapy and radiation protocols. Or, perhaps an event that will require rehabilitation services—in home or at a specialized facility—for weeks or even months.
Long-term, to address chronic conditions such as diabetes, degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis or the issues commonly associated with aging including the host of services required to maintain independent living.
End-of-life decisions, which can run the spectrum of knowing the options to aligning all of your family members to best ensure your loved one’s wishes are honored, in terms of his or her health care
In all cases, I will keep you informed and help you maintain contact with your loved one and his or her medical professionals as much as possible. My emphasis will be on quality of life—yours and your loved one. Know that I will be respectful of your loved one’s spiritual journey, whatever religion he or she may practice or the fact that religion may not play any role at all in his or her care.
Consulting services I can provide in the Metro Detroit, Michigan area include:
- Serving as your loved one’s companion—accompanying him or her to appointments or staying at his or her bedside during hospital stays or at treatment/rehabilitation facilities
- Advocating on your loved one’s behalf in the hospital setting—monitoring service, facilitating communication across all their healthcare professionals and speaking to his or her healthcare providers and/or other family members, as directed
- Identifying and providing referrals for local and national resources for your loved one’s immediate and ongoing needs
- Working through the system—making phone calls, completing forms, tracking down medical records
- Researching the options, to include:
- Evidence-based research related to diagnosis and treatments, for discussions with physicians, you and other family members
- Securing healthcare services such as:
- Appropriate providers/practitioners
- In-home nursing care, home therapy and rehabilitation
- Assisted-living and nursing home options
- Pain management
- Transportation specialists—and I can accompany you via a transportation provider
- Guidance in identifying and securing the following:
- Hospice care
- Patient care/case management
- Medical billing
- Legal services
- Medicine distribution services
Consulting Process and Fees
Initial Phone Consultation:
15-minute phone consultation to determine that I can be of assistance: Complimentary
First appointment to discuss current medical situation and define your needs and goals: $150.00
Develop an action plan, create contract and scope of work:
Fees will vary based on the time and types of services requested