In order to ensure an optimal level of care, it’s important to know what your responsibilities are as a patient.

Here’s what you should know:

1. To provide an accurate history.

2. To engage a physician and remain under medical supervision.

3. To communicate changes in the plan of care to agency staff.

4. To follow through on the established plan of care as instructed by your staff.

5. To treat agency personnel with dignity, courtesy and respect.

6. To notify the agency in advance if you wish to cancel service(s) and /or prescribed treatments.

7. To notify the agency in advance if unavailable for a scheduled visit.

8. To supply medications, equipment, or supplies that the agency is unable to provide.

9. To inform the home health care provider of complications or side effects to prescribed treatment.

10. To provide accurate insurance and/or financial information.

11. To notify the agency of any changes in physician or insurance coverage.

12. To notify the agency of/or change in the Durable Power of Attorney for health care of DNR status and provide a copy of same.

13. To provide a safe environment for staff and to secure animals and/or weapons. Actions that endanger the client or staff’s safety may be cause for termination of services(s).

14. To identify an alternative plan and/or caregiver in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

15. To accurately report symptoms, follow your medical plan, ask questions and share concerns regarding your condition and treatment.