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Healthy Goals: Be Involved

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Whole Health: It Starts with Me - VHL HealthSheet #41540_VA
Whole health is an approach to health care that empowers and enables you to take charge of your health and well-being and live your life to the fullest.
Talking to Your Healthcare Provider: What to Ask, What to Tell - VHL HealthSheet #40984_VA
Telling your healthcare provider (HCP) about yourself will help improve your care. And ask questions when you don’t understand something, or just want to know more. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Good communication with your HCP helps you get the most out of your healthcare.
Be Involved in Your Healthcare: Family and Friends Can Help - VHL HealthSheet #40986_VA
Dealing with health and medical issues can be stressful and confusing. It can be a good idea to ask friends and family for support. With your permission, family and friends can listen to what the healthcare providers tell you, ask questions, and help make sure that things go smoothly. And they can help you get the care you need.
Be Involved in Your Healthcare: When You’re Having Surgery - VHL HealthSheet #40988_VA
Are you scheduled to have surgery? It’s normal to feel worried or even a little scared. Know that your surgeon and other healthcare providers will do all they can to take good care of you. And there’s much you can do to help your healthcare team keep you safe. Being involved means speaking up, asking questions, and understanding your role.
Be Involved in Your Healthcare: Taking Medications - VHL HealthSheet #40990_VA
When medicines are taken as directed, they can greatly improve your health. But if they are not taken as instructed, they may not work. In some cases, not taking them correctly can be harmful. To help make sure that your treatment remains effective and safe, understand your medicines and how to take them.
Preparing for a Visit with Your Healthcare Provider - VHL HealthSheet #40992_VA
Do you find that you make an appointment with your healthcare provider, only to forget half your questions once you’re in the exam room? Does your healthcare provider ask you questions during a visit that you can’t answer? Preparing for a healthcare provider visit can help you get the most out of your healthcare. Below are tips for helping you prepare for a visit to your healthcare provider.
What Is Hospice? - VHL HealthSheet #41109_VA
Hospice provides comfort and support to people nearing the end of life. This helps them and their family let go with dignity.
What Is Palliative Care? - VHL HealthSheet #41111_VA
Palliative care is a way to improve quality of life for someone who is being treated for a serious illness. To palliate means to ease the symptoms of an illness.
Starting Hospice - VHL HealthSheet #41113_VA
Hospice is about ensuring quality of life for the time a person has left. Emotional and practical matters are taken care of while symptoms are controlled.
Hospice: The Importance of Managing Pain - VHL HealthSheet #41117_VA
The main goal of pain management in hospice is to improve quality of life.
Hospice: Understanding and Caring for Dyspnea - VHL HealthSheet #41127_VA
Shortness of breath or breathlessness (dyspnea) is common in people with serious or advanced illness.
Caring for End-Stage Dementia - VHL HealthSheet #41129_VA
With end-stage dementia, your loved one’s caregiving needs will greatly increase. If you are still caring for your loved one at home, you may want to explore other care options at this time.
Caring for a Person with Delirium - VHL HealthSheet #41131_VA
Treatment of delirium may change when your loved one is near death. The healthcare provider can help prepare you for what to expect in the last days of life.
Hospice: As Death Nears - VHL HealthSheet #41137_VA
You have a loved one who is receiving care at the end of life. You have been helping to make your loved one comfortable. As he or she moves into the final stages, this sheet can help you find ways to help your loved one die with dignity.
What You Need to Know About Informed Consent - VHL HealthSheet #89593_VA
Informed consent supports the right of a patient to make decisions about his or her own healthcare. It gives a patient the information needed to understand a specific medical or surgical procedure. The patient can then decide whether or not to have the procedure. In the U.S,. informed consent laws vary from state to state. You can ask hospital staff for help if you need more information.
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