Standards of Care
Information and Support to help you and loved ones maintain your right to quality care.
We created this site to help inform individuals about what good standards in care are, what to expect when receiving care, and what to do when you don’t get the best care. Medical and other care professionals are held to certain standards, and an informed public is empowered to ensure that those standards are met.
Care is a broad subject that can range from finding a residential facility for an aging parent to finding the best rehabilitation services for your disabled child. Understanding care can be challenging, but we provide resources that help you understand what care means, what the options are, and how to figure out your care needs or the needs of a loved one.
Expecting Quality Care
Doctors, nurses, and other care professionals are held to standards commensurate with their level of training and authority. You and your loved ones should have high expectations for receiving quality of care from these professionals. Learn about different types of care and caregivers so that you are prepared with the appropriate expectations.
The Care-Planning Process
We’ll guide you through the process of planning for care—for yourself or for a family member. Care planning can be confusing, but if you assemble the right information, team members, and experts, you can make good decisions that lead to excellent care.
Types of Care
There are many different types of care: short-term care and long-term care, outpatient and inpatient care, emergency care, pregnancy care, mental health care, cancer care, and so much more. Understanding different types of care available is essential to making the right choices and ensuring that the care you get matches your needs.
From doctors to surgeons to nurses to therapist, the type of caregiver you choose must meet your needs. Making the right choice is not just a matter of a personal connection or choosing the best among experts; it is also about matching the caregiver to the patient’s needs. We’ll help you find the right questions and answers to those questions so you opt for the best possible caregivers.
To help you prevent the need for care in the future, we have gathered important resources and information about getting healthy and staying healthy. Prevention is the best medicine, and while we want to help you find quality care, we also want you to live a healthy lifestyle to put off needing care.
There are serious consequences when care professionals do not meet standards of care. If the unthinkable happens to you or a loved one, and you find that your caregiver has caused harm by making a poor decision or not providing adequate care, you have legal rights. We give you resources to find a medical malpractice lawyer who can guide you through the process of gathering information and seeking legal and financial justice when medical caregivers have caused harm.