August 4, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Meet the Sherpas of the Medical System:

Navigating the wilderness is not easy. Whether it be the forest or the mountains, it’s easier to get through when there’s a guide leading the way.

However, there are some wildernesses that aren’t arduous so much physically, but rather mentally and emotionally, such as the medical field. The medical field is possibly one of the hardest jungles to get through, so to speak, and it’s a good thing that patient advocates are here to help.

A patient advocate, in the simplest terms, is a Sherpa for the medical system. Getting news that a loved one has cancer or another serious ailment is frightening, but that’s where an advocate comes into the picture.

Patient Advocacy is still a relatively new and unknown field, not yet covered by health insurance, has only gained societal knowledge in the mid to late 2000’s. And yet it’s a field that can save lives and money, as well as make the entire medical treatment process easier to deal with as a patient or loved one of a patient.

In recent years and with advances in medicine, something called the “sandwich generation” had arisen in American society, one where people with young children have parents who are entering the geriatric phase of their lives, and may not be fit to live on their own anymore. This is a predicament for the person in the middle, the “meat” of the sandwich, so to speak, as they have to care for their elderly parents while also raising their own kids.

A patient advocate is a big help in this department, as they can help convince mom or dad to seek help with their deteriorating health, as well as help decipher the medical jargon with them, while also working with the elderly person’s child to help care for them. Advocates also attend appointments with the patient, both for support and for help within the appointment itself, allowing a perhaps stressed parent to pick up their child from soccer practice while their dad gets a CT scan.

Local patient advocate, Celeste Tubman, RN, explained “I make sure their doctors talk to each other, reconcile their medications, explain the treatments, make sure they understand it. It’s all about life transitions.”

Tubman explained the practice in more detail as well, saying, “If somebody gets newly diagnosed with cancer suddenly, their reaction is often, ‘What do I do?’ I collect as much information as I can about their medical issue, and I help find them the best physician (I don’t tell them who exactly to go to, I give them a choice of three or four.) There are so many out there, specialists upon specialists. Then I support them through their treatment.”

Advocates, depending on their level of training, can also visit a patient in a hospital and make rounds, so as to help the patient, be it consulting on life care planning for therapy or placement, or monitoring dire medical situations within the hospital walls.

While this may sound like a normal nurse one might find making rounds in a hospital, advocates are specialized to one patient and aren’t employed by the hospital, but rather by the patient or the patient’s family themselves. If one enjoyed being a nurse, but doesn’t necessarily have the energy for 12-hour shifts and direct patient care might enjoy being a patient advocate.

“Having been an intensive care nurse a long time ago and raising my kids, I have the knowledge and capabilities of a nurse, but not the energy to go back into that world. It’s very high paced and physically taxing. Advocacy is more consultation based,” Tubman said.

To those looking for help, a patient advocate, or a comprehensive list of patient advocates across the country, you can visit advoconnection.com, or if you would like to contact Celeste Tubman RN for a local consult, you can visit www.westsidepatientadvocate.com.

 

in Health
Related Posts

Santa Monica’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Could Be Coming to Wilshire Blvd

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

CPC Compassion inc plans to open on Wilshire blvd in December of 2021 if approved by the planning commission of...

Are You Burned Out? Answer This Checklist

June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021

The vast majority of people need to work in order to support themselves. We all have bills and car payments...

Prevention of diseases you should keep in mind in 2021

June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

Sociological research allows you to obtain operational information about the main components of life and, first of all, young people...

Leaving Home for the First Time in a Year? Here Are a Few Things to Do

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

Very few people have been truly quarantined in their house for the past year. Almost everyone has gotten outside for...

Motherly Mindfulness in a Pandemic

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

This last year has been a whirlwind for everyone, and if you’re a mother, chances are it has redefined your...

Beverly Hill’s Latest Craze is The “Busso” Experience

March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

Dr. Mariano Busso, one of the world’s leading experts in cosmetic fillers and facial rejuvenation, has opened up additional appointment times...

The Pandemic of 2020: Lessons Learned

March 9, 2021

March 9, 2021

The 2020 pandemic took the country by surprise. Many people lost their small businesses, income, and quality of life. However,...

The Best Ways for Women to Get and Stay Healthy

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

We all want to live our happiest and healthiest lives, but it is very easy to get overwhelmed with information....

4 Tips on How to Succeed in Life

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

We all want to be successful in our lives, in our careers, and in our passions but sometimes we do...

3 Ways to Restore Self Esteem and Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle in 2021

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

Every year we start filled with resolutions, hope, and determination. We know that after the year we’ve just had, 2021...

Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Living Alone

February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

Everyone needs to be cheered up once in a while. This can be especially true of someone who lives alone....

A Renewed Focus on Living

February 21, 2021

February 21, 2021

The pandemic caused turmoil for many Americans, emotionally and financially. With 2020 now in the rear-view mirror, people are using...

Don’t Make These 3 Fitness Mistakes

February 20, 2021

February 20, 2021

The great thing about the internet is that we now have access to a plethora of fitness content then ever...

5 Promising Medical Breakthroughs On The Horizon

February 3, 2021

February 3, 2021

Although we’re in a worldwide pandemic, many of us are still enjoying the comfort and convenience of being cared for...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...