Patient Companion

Your family member's safety is very important us. Please help us provide safe care.

Staff may ask a family member to stay with the patient to assist with patient safety.

  • Your family member may need a companion to keep them from getting out of bed, or falling because they cannot remember to ask for assistance.
  • Having a familiar face at their bedside will help calm a patient.
  • The family member staying with the patient must be 18 years of age or older

What can you expect?

  • Your family member maybe moved to a room closer to the desk so we can observe them closer.
  • We may have the side rails up and the bed in the lowest position to help prevent your family member from falling.
  • We may ask the family to bring some items from home to make the patient's room more homelike to help them feel at ease.
  • We will ask the family to make sure the patient is wearing their eyeglasses and/or hearing aides.
  • If a family member cannot stay restraints may need to be used to keep the patient safe. This will always be the last action after all other alternatives have been attempted.

How can you help?

  • Remind your family member not to get up with out help.
  • Family member stays with the patient to make them feel at ease.
  • Tell your family members nurses what activities are used at home to calm the patient or to keep the safe.
  • If the family cannot stay, the family may arrange companion services.  Please contact your family member's nurse.