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Hospital Stay Handbook: A Guide to Becoming a Patient Advocate for Your Loved Ones Paperback – November 8, 2007

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"This book will help the reader to be informed and an active caregiver as well as advocate." -- New Age Retailer, June/July 2008

"Easy to read, and easy to follow. You will find the author has great insight, experience, and knowledge in this area and you will find the help offered to be unbeatable. Take it from me, a person who has been there done that - this book would be a GODSEND when you are facing the illness of someone you love dearly." -- Family Product Review, June 2008

"I am very impressed with this outstanding book! Ms. Buck writes with both her heart and her head, and these combine to produce a richly informative guide to hospitalization. I highly recommend Hospital Stay Handbook to all readers, particularly those who have chronic medical problems in the family or anticipate hospitalization at a future time." -- Anita Grace Simpson, BellaOnline's Public Health Editor

"It's difficult enough to go through a protracted hospitalization and several near-death experiences with someone you love. Then you have to learn to navigate the hospital and health-delivery systems. But then to sit down and write out all that you have learned for other people to have as a guidebook to use when their loved ones are hospitalized, you demonstrate the depth of your love and caring for your fellow human beings. That warmth, caring, dedication and basic, common-sense information were so evident in your appearance on Full Power Living, Jari, as well as in The Hospital Stay Handbook." -- Ilene Dillon, MSW, Host of Full Power Living

Readers will admire [the author's] assertiveness and appreciate details of her positive and negative experiences with hospitals and staff. -- Library Journal

About the Author

Jari Holland Buck is an Organizational Consultant with more than 20 years experience in retail, wholesale, discount, high technology, manufacturing and service-related corporations. She specializes in leadership and organizational development, team-based interventions, employee involvement strategies in traditionally non-employee involved activities, executive coaching, career consultation and labor/management partnerships.

She founded The Holland Group in 1986 and changed the name to Majestic Wolf Consulting in 2001 to reflect a shift in both personal and professional demeanor.

During her corporate career she held positions in all departments and at all levels of organizations from sales clerk and the first ever female Management Trainee for Montgomery Ward to National Director of Training for Target Stores. As a consultant, her work has taken her to both traditional and creative clients, unionized and non-unionized environments and the public and private sector.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1 edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712246
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Nesselrode on December 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jari Holland Buck has an innate ability to communicate practical guidance and instruction to simplify complex issues. Her history with the health care field in supporting her husband through his life threatening illness has given her a special insight that she now shares with everyone in her book, Hospital Stay Handbook. I have no doubt that the guidance Jari provides will benefit many lives to come.
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I have recommended this book to more people than I can count at this point. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon it during a time in my life when I didn't yet NEED it. I chalk that up to my guardian angel. Within a year my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy, and thanks to this book I was at her side AND useful. This book taught me how to work collaboratively (yet assertively) with the staff to make sure my patient was cared for. For example, my mom was put into a double room where the other patient was in the midst of a medical emergency, and she had her husband and 4 young kids in the room (against the rules), and there was no room for me and my father. It was sheer chaos and I was able to calmly go to the nurses station and ask that they find another room for my mother because of the chaos going on in the current room. They couldn't accommodate us immediately, but they did so within an hour. Had I not asked, my mother would never had been able to heal at all. Within another year, my father suffered a stroke, and 6 months after that my mother died from another cause. Through my own grief I was able to be the rock for both of them, providing not only comfort but effective patient advocacy. One huge "aha" was learning that your patient in the hospital is allowed to have a patient advocate with him/her at all times, regardless of visiting hours (a patient advocate is not considered the same thing as a visitor). I encourage everyone to read this book now, ideally before you need it, and then pass it along to a good friend. They'll thank you for it.
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Jari saw her husband go through hell over several months, including "dying" several times. She saw dedicated healthcare professionals who did only a fair and sometimes poor job coordinating his treatment because of the way the system works. She learned from first-hand experience that the patient's family or a hired advocate needs to act quickly and regularly to ensure that the right treatment occurs at the right time in the right way. I know because I was there, too. Jari has done a masterful job of capturing her experience and the lessons learned from it in her timely and critically-important book. Read it now...so you're ready when the unpredictable time comes!
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Just ordering this book after checking out a library copy. THIS is an incredibly useful book that everyone who might ever set foot in a hospital or have a loved one who sets foot in a hospital should read. That actually means all of us. As a physician who has done quality consulting (including at our local hospital and 150 others), I believe very much this book is an essential companion and valuable for all of us. I hate those "oh poor me" books that get written AFTER the catastrophe has occurred to a family member or friend but I LOVE it when someone who has suffered the "slings and arrows" of adversity and this author sure did makes an effort to help the next person avoid the potential minefields of the modern healthcare system. So much common sense advice and so many things that the average person (all of us) might not think of prior to the hospitalization (crisis or routine) of a patient such as avoiding certain days/dates during the year for elective procedures are included in this book. Checklists abound in this very valuable and practical book. From the first chapter (Take Care of Yourself) through Choose Your Hospital with Awareness to Take Legal Steps to Ensure the Patient's Wishes are Honored" to Ask About Every Medication, Injection, and IV Solution", this book is packed with such valuable, practical, doable, and lifesaving information. I have just convinced myself to order several more copies for family members. And no, I do not know the author at all (don't even know anyone who knows her so this is not a friend touting her book) but she is sure one smart, savvy lady whose book can be of more help to folks that you can imagine. Please get it (but let me get my copies ordered first).
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Hospital Stay Handbook summarizes the essential issues needed to ensure your loved ones will survive a trip to any hospital regardless of duration. Ms. Buck lifts the "White Curtain" on standard operating polices calculated to cause harm to patients - policies not intended to harm, of course, just not carefully and tightly managed by the hospital system. She explains the concept of "body part Doctors" who see the patient as a Liver, Lung or Spleen, not a human being. The most important message Ms. Buck delivers is "be there 24/7" or expect the worse. Our family's experience bears testimony to her advice that some family members must be at or near bedside continuously - the consequences of not doing so are dire.

A Grateful Patient
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