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    Whether you’re a patient in the hospital, a family member or friend there to offer support or someone who is thinking of being a patient volunteer, our ARTICLES AND MORE section has plenty of useful information for you.

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  • Going to the Hospital

    Before You Go Before you go to the hospital, you need to think about what happens after your stay. Coordinate a ride home from the hospital (even if it is a short stay!). Consider having someone stay with you for a few days since you may be in some pain or even slightly immobile. Be […]

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  • 10 FAQs About Life Insurance and Healthcare Costs

    By WHN’s Guest Columnist, M. Bryan Freeman If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with a serious illness, you may have already discovered that dealing with actual health issues is just part of the individual puzzle you must reassess and reassemble. Financial challenges frequently accompany serious illness. A life settlement is an option […]

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  • 5 FAQs About Getting a Second Opinion

    What is a second opinion? A second opinion is asking another physician or specialist to examine your case. She will then provide a diagnosis and offer treatment options. Why should I get a second opinion? Your insurance company or employer may require you to obtain a second opinion for health insurance purposes. You yourself might […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Your Medications

    Did your physician order new medications or change your current type or dose? Make sure you write down all the information and repeat it back to the doctor BEFORE you leave the office! What problem the drug is treating The name of the drug (Have the doctor spell it out since some names sound very similar) The dosage orders […]

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  • 4 Tips For Being a Patient Advocate

    Communication between patients, family members, friends, doctors and nurses is tiring and confusing. A patient advocate can provide much-needed assistance during this stressful time. A patient advocate can: Act as the mediator between the patient and the hospital or healthcare team Serve as the patient’s primary spokesperson Communicate wishes and requests on the patient’s behalf Help […]

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  • 8 FAQs About Social Workers

    What is a Social Worker? Social workers identify the psychological and social needs of persons in stressful situations and find resources and services to help them. They work with individuals, families and communities to help guide these groups through life’s many challenges. Social workers work in a variety of places including hospitals, senior homes, community services, and […]

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  • 5 Things to Know About Volunteering at a Hospital

    Volunteering at a hospital is much more than just Candy Striping — it can be a very fulfilling, educational and rewarding experience. Jenna Barke, a certified child life specialist and volunteer coordinator at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, offers these tips of advice for interested volunteers. I’m interested in volunteering at my local hospital. How […]

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  • Preparing for a Hospital Stay: 7 Expert Tips

    Chances are, you or someone you love will experience a hospital stay–either planned or unplanned. While you can’t always control the circumstances that result in an admission, you can help protect yourself from medical errors and healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) by being a proactive patient. Betty Hoeffner, executive producer of the informational video Things You Should Know Before Entering […]

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  • 9 Things to Expect at the ER

    We’ve all seen emergency rooms on TV, but what do you need to know when it’s real life? We interviewed doctors, nurses, EMTs, volunteers, and other staff members in the emergency room of Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minnesota to find their top tips about what to expect on your next visit to the ER. Know […]

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  • 4 Areas To Cover in Your Medical History Data Sheet

    Bring a copy of this to all medical appointments, especially if you are meeting with a new physician or specialist. Update your history as needed and store extra copies in a safe place, either away from home or online. Download the free My Personal Medication Record pdf from the AARP  in English or Spanish. Complete one form for each family member, […]

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