If you help a family member
or friend with a health condition, you’re a family caregiver
YOU can make a difference when your loved one is in the hospital
Hospital patients have a lot to manage, but they’re too sick or hurt to do it all. They need a family member or friend to help. That person is called a family caregiver.
Our free easy-to-read guide
What to expect in the hospital
How to help a loved one get the best care
How to plan for care at home after the
One-to-one support from a Certified Caregiving Consultant
A loved one’s sudden medical crisis means you’ll be coping with shock, anxiety, life-altering decisions, and more. Get warm emotional support and practical advice to help you cope, manage logistics, and make critical decisions.
Talk with Certified Caregiving Consultant and AARP family caregiving consultant Beth Suereth to:
Get perspectives, tips, and tricks to help you manage the hospital experience
Find out when to ask about palliative care, a consultation with a geriatrician, or a hospice evaluation (It’s earlier than you may think.)
Learn how to prepare for the medical/nursing care you’ll be handling at home after the hospital stay
If a care plan becomes an end-of-life plan, the focus becomes balancing your loved one’s quality of life and quantity of life. You can talk about the shift from care that cures to care that keeps your loved one comfortable through the final days. You can also discuss ways to make an emotion-filled time meaningful for your entire family.
Schedule a free 30-minute free consultation to talk about what you need to manage the hospital stay and the care you’ll be managing at home afterward.
Take the class: How to Help Your Loved One in the Hospital — You Can Make a Difference
When a loved one is in the hospital, there’s a lot to manage. And it feels overwhelming. Get practical tips and tricks for managing the hospital experience and understanding the importance of your role as a family caregiver.
Hear about Beth’s caregiving experience and learn:
What to expect in the hospital
How to keep track of the details to prevent common hospital mistakes
How to prepare for care at home after the hospital stay and keep your loved one from going back!
Beth teaches family caregiving classes at The Caregiving Years Training Academy.
Beth is also a Skills Consultant for the Certified Caregiving Consultant Training Program at The Caregiving Years Training Academy.
“Dear Beth, I am so thankful for our sessions together. As I have told you before, you say wonderful, sensible things that help me place the behavior of people, the events in life, and my mom’s disease in a proper perspective. After talking with you, I feel like although caregiving is often overwhelming, it is still doable, and that I can make it through. You make me feel more hopeful. I view you as ‘the bridge to my future’ — how to get there from here — and the support I need.”
—Suzanne F., family caregiver
in Chicago, Illinois
Use this list of helpful websites to help you take great care of your loved one.
In the hospital:
Who keeps track of everything that happens? Who needs help getting ready to help take care of the the patient at home afterward?
You — the family caregiver.
The patient is too sick to coordinate and remember everything that happens. Keep a notebook in the room and jot down information.
Doctors are experts in their specialty. You're the expert on your loved one. You can work together to get the best care.
Doctors and nurses work very hard, but mistakes happen every day. As a family caregiver, you are a valuable extra set of eyes and ears.
Patients leave the hospital faster than ever. Ask how you can provide care safely at home and prevent a trip to the emergency department.