When you accompany a loved one to the hospital not only are you providing support for them but you can be a valuable resource for the medical and nursing staff who are caring for your loved one if they are unable to advocate for themself. When you arrive at the hospital you will be asked basic questions about the person seeking medical care such as name, date of birth, address, phone number, marital status, and insurance information. Don’t worry if you do not know all of the information, as the most important information is the name and date of birth as this helps the hospital staff identify the patient. Where you can be most helpful is supporting the nursing and medical staff by giving information about the patient’s medical status. This information includes any medical problems the person may have such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or asthma. Next, the nurses may ask you what medications and what dosages your loved one is currently taking. So the list is accurate it is helpful to bring the medication bottles to the hospital with you. It is also important to tell the nurses and doctors about any allergies to food or medications that your loved one may have. Finally if your loved one is unable to do so you can tell the hospital staff what brought him or her to the hospital.