In order to receive medical information, you will need to have medical power of attorney.
- Are you the doctor who is coordinating my loved one’s treatment?
- What is the diagnosis?
- What is the prognosis?
- What can we expect to see?
- What can we do? What are things for which we should prepare?
- Is palliative care or hospice care warranted at this point?
- Is my loved one gravely ill or is this a “new normal”?
- If it is a grave prognosis, are you expecting my loved one to live only days? Weeks? Months?
- What are the treatment options?
- What is the recommended treatment option? Why?
- What are the side effects of the recommended treatment?
- How will pain be addressed?
- Is there anything else the family ought to know?
- When the family has more questions, who is the contact and what is the contact number?
- Who is the case manager assigned to my loved one while he/she is in the hospital?
About the Author
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, Dr. Jane Toler specializes in counseling individuals, couples, and families. She has navigated the caregiver journey in her own family, with clients, and with members of the group she facilitated, Caring for the Caregiver.
Dr. Toler earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from The University of North Texas and M.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been in the mental health field since 1996. She has volunteered at the Suicide and Crisis Center in Dallas and is an affiliate of the Stepfamily Association of America, now known as the National Stepfamily Resource Center.