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He is the Team Owner (Flickr EdTech Stanford University)

He is the Team Owner (Flickr EdTech Stanford University)

The Patient is the team owner. 

As the owner you are expected to take an active interest in your care. Expectations include:

  • Provide information to the home health aids, nurses and physicians about your symptoms including pain and mental state
  • Be familiar with your illness and ask questions if you don’t understand.
    • Learn as much as possible about your illness .
    • The more you know the better you will be able to become actively involved in your own management.
  • Keep a journal to assure key questions are not forgotten; take notes about your disease and management plans.
  • Establish a strong working relationship with your home health aid who will be your primary care giver.
  • Assist in designing the daily management plan during your home health aid’s and nurse’s visits.
  • Involve your family whenever possible in your care.
    • If you become too ill to make decisions they will understand your wishes
    • Discussing management issues with your family will allow you to make wiser decisions about your care.
    • To bounce back from your illness and achieve greater resilience it is important to have a strong social network, and your most important social network is your family.