A senior couple having a consultation with a doctor at a desk.Patients in need of care aren’t always the most capable of being active participants in their care plan. They may be too young, or dealing with age-related issues like dementia, or even in too much pain to listen carefully, catch mistakes, or answer critical questions about their needs and wishes.

A medical advocate can ensure a patient receives adequate care, help doctors and other caregivers understand that person’s medical history and risk factors, or even help catch medical mistakes or signs of abuse.

1. Ask Questions