This is a guide to help you prepare for your BMT. Some items will not pertain to your situation. You may use this section to help you develop questions for your transplant coordinator, social worker, or financial worker.
Preparing your family
Choosing your caregiver
Identify someone to assist you during and after your hospitalization. This could include family members or friends who are available to be involved and support you with your care. They are commonly designated as your "caregivers" because they participate in your follow-up care. We require you to have a caregiver present to stay with you after you leave the hospital.
To assist your caregiver in understanding his or her role, ask your social worker what is expected. Ask how long you are required to have a fulltime caregiver. Ask what types of activities your caregiver will need to do.
A caregiver sometimes helps with medical tasks, such as giving you medicine. Your caregiver can also help identify symptoms to report to the doctor. Your caregiver will need to help with some of your treatments at home, such as IV medicine and nutritional support. Initially, a home care nurse may administer these treatments to you. Often, however, you and your caregivers will be trained to do this. The caregiver’s primary function is to support you and help you if you become sick.
Other tasks for caregivers may include:
Having a caregiver present is an essential safety precaution after your BMT. Many patients may have an increased risk of bleeding and infection.Before you leave home
Prepare a health care directive
A health care directive is a form in which you state what kind of health care you would or would not want if cannot or choose not to communicate for yourself. You fill out this form before you start to receive health care, so that people know what you want. In the document, you can name one or more people who can make health care decisions for you. Or, you can leave written instructions to guide others in making health care decisions for you. Or you can do both. Health care providers are obligated to follow these directions.
Visit Minnesota Department of Health’s website for information on how to create a health care directives.
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