Meet My Loved One
During the pandemic, we seek to increase customized interactions with our patients, especially in the absence of their loved ones. A special sheet form can be completed by the designated contact during the initial COVID Admission Call made by a Visitor Ambassador, or filled out below. This form captures important information to be posted in the patient room for the review of all providers.
The preferred name should be the name the patient would like to be called, and can be a nickname or variation of their given name. We would not want to use something like Nana, Papa, Tootie, etc. For example, a patient might prefer to be called “Mr. Jim” instead of “Mr. Smith.”
Please let us know about hobbies or other favorite pastimes. It should reflect what the patient was enjoying prior to being hospitalized. This provides care givers with information they can talk with the patient about, and gives a glimpse of the patient in a healthier state. The section could reflect such things as church activities, choir, fishing, cooking, spending time with grandchildren or children, traveling, volunteering, golfing, horseback riding, knitting/sewing, etc.
Other important information I want you to know:
Other information could reflect religious beliefs, superstitions, additional pastimes, number of children or grandchildren, career, etc. If they have a nickname or pet name that was given as the preferred name (but not usable), then it could be entered here i.e. they go by “Big Bear” to their grandchildren.
Tips to care for him/her/them from a family caregiver’s standpoint:
Care tips could be the things a loved one might take care of if they could be in the room, such as the patient would like a warm washcloth to wash hands before every meal; sleeps hot so might want to push room temp down; doesn’t sleep with socks on; has a favorite beverage such as diet Sprite or hot tea; favorite TV channel; prefers extra pillows. These are simply examples. Caregivers should review these items and make provisions for them as possible.