COMPASSIONATE CARE

 

All patients and families deserve to be treated with compassion by their caregivers. Compassionate care is essential to good medical care and results in improved quality of care, better health outcomes, and lower costs. A compassionate caregiver should:

 

  •  Treat you, your family, and those important to you with respect
  • Convey information in a way that is understandable
  • Treat you like a person, not just an illness
  • Listen attentively to you
  • Strive to gain your trust
  • Involve you in treatment decisions if you want to be involved
  • Apologize if he or she makes a mistake
  • Communicate test results in a timely and sensitive manner
  • Feel comfortable in discussing sensitive, emotional, or psychological issues with you
  • Consider the effect of an illness on you, your family, and those important to you
  • Express sensitivity, caring, and compassion for your situation
  • Spend enough time with you
  • Strive to understand your emotional needs
  • Give you hope, even when the news is bad
  • Strive to understand your cultural and religious beliefs

 

If you feel you are not getting the compassionate care you deserve, consider talking to your caregiver about what you feel is missing. If the situation does not improve, you may want to consider choosing another caregiver.

Contact Information

Phone:  810 923-6940

Email:  rbeford@interfaithhealthhope.org

Service Area:  All of Southeast lower Michigan    including the entire Detroit Metro Area

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