Patient Responsibilities - your privilege to uphold in an ever changing health care system.



Patient Responsibilities

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Patient Responsibilities help you to understand what you need to do to make your home health care successful.
  • To notify the agency of changes in condition;


  • To follow the plan of care;


  • To notify the agency if the visit schedule needs to be changed;


  • To inform the agency of the existence of any changes made to advance directives;


  • To advise the agency of any problems of dissatisfaction with the services provided;


  • To provide a safe environment for care to be provided, (e.g. leash vicious dogs, refrain from illegal activities, etc.);


  • To be present at the agreed upon visit time and call the home health care office if you are not going to be home for a scheduled visit;


  • To remain under the care of a physician and inform the nurse or therapist of any changes in orders which you receive from your physician;


  • To participate in decision making regarding your care and assist in the development and revision of your plan of care;


  • To provide the agency staff with all known health insurance information;


  • To inform and provide agency care providers with copies of any advance care documents (e.g. Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney) you may have;


  • To inform the agency supervisory staff of and to secure all valuables and money;


  • To carry out mutually agreed upon responsibilities; and


  • To behave in a manner that is reasonable, considering the nature of Client illness.


  • Patient response also provide that you are generally and genuinely:

  • Maintaining Healthy Habits


  • Being Respectful to Providers


  • Being Honest With Providers


  • Complying with Treatment Plans


  • Preparing for Emergencies


  • Reading Behind the Headlines


  • Making Decisions Responsibly


  • Understanding Prescription Drugs and Their Possible Effects


  • Meeting Financial Obligations


  • Reporting Fraud and Wrongdoing


  • Avoiding Putting Others at Risk





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