Nurse tells senior patients to speak out

Bryan Aldrige

August 12, 2010

Jon Sugarman, a nurse practitioner for New Jersey’s Overlook Hospital, recently told The Cranford Patch that it is vitally important for senior patients to speak out about their medical issues when they are at the hospital.

He states that studies have concluded that senior citizens don’t like to rock the boat when it comes to their own medical treatment, a behavior which may result in dire consequences.

“My advice is to err on the side of getting what you need,” he told the news source.

He says that the failure to voice concerns about some minor physical pain could lead to something worse.

This was sparked by a recent stay by senior Anna Russo, who had been hospitalized for pneumonia for a few days. She had a coughing spasm that led to an infection, but wasn’t comfortable telling her physician about these problems. Her daughter, Bonnie, finally came to her aid by asking questions about the condition.

She noted that every family needed to have a spokesperson for these situations. “We’re in that generation that’s taking care of our parents,” she informed the news provider.

Hospital visits can sometimes be avoided if a symptom or condition is attended right away. Having a personal emergency response system in your home can guarantee that you have access to doctors, medical professionals and family whenever the need arises.