The VOICES 60+ Program at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) aims to help low income, ethnically diverse older adults that come to HSS for the treatment of their rheumatologic and orthopedic conditions. One way the program can aid these patients is by focusing on communication between our patients and their doctors.
Take an active role in your healthcare to get the most from your visit with your doctor. Being a partner with your doctor will help you to understand your arthritis or orthopedic condition, as well as your treatment choices. Let your doctor know how your health affects your daily life, so your doctor can best meet your needs.
Please let the appointment desk or other HSS staff know if you need assistance in the language you prefer to use during your medical visit.
Here are tips to help you get ready for your visit with your doctor. VOICES 60+ volunteers can also talk with you about these issues.
Let us know if you find this tip sheet helpful. VOICES 60+ wants to enhance your experience as a patient at HSS.
VOICES 60+ is a Department of Social Work Programs and Volunteer Department initiative. The Program is made possible by support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Hospital for Special Surgery.
Monday-Friday, 10 am-3 pm
7th floor Rheumatology waiting room
*Reference: Partnership for Clear Health Communication
This Tip Sheet is adapted from: "Talking with Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People" National Institute on Aging, http://www.nia.nih.gov/.
Reviewed: 9/8/2009 Published: 2/27/2008