Patient Advocacy Seminar with Julie Grimstad
As a relative, friend or volunteer, have you ever been called upon to support/advocate for a person in a healthcare setting? Or are you currently in such a situation? While it is certainly a blessing to be of service, many questions may arise, such as:
  • Who can be a patient advocate?
  • What is the most important skill needed for patient advocacy?
  • How can I be of assistance to a patient and/or family?
  • How can I help the patient and/or family understand the treatment options open to the patient?
  • What about food and water?
  • Who can I call on for help if it’s needed?
These are some of the useful topics covered in HALO'S YouTube presentation on Patient Advocacy. Please take time to view this valuable resource and keep it handy as an essential tool. If you have any questions about patient advocacy after watching this video, please send them to

View the Video Here:
Patient Advocacy Seminar with Julie Grimstad

When a loved one is seriously ill, having accurate information at your fingertips will enable you to advocate for them, to ensure that they receive appropriate treatment for pain and other unpleasant symptoms. Your knowledge and vigilance may even save a life!
HALO’s new fact sheet is a guide to help patients and families discuss with their physicians and caregivers the drugs used to treat pain and other symptoms. It lists many of the drugs most commonly used in hospice and palliative care and their side effects. The dangers of certain combinations of drugs and the ways in which these powerful drugs may be inappropriately used are also explained. Additionally, this fact sheet provides essential information about pain control in general.

To order multiple copies, contact HALO at or mail your request to HALO, PO Box 324, Chisago City, MN 55013. Donations to cover the cost of printing and postage will be gratefully accepted.
“This is soooo well done!! This definitely will be a great resource for patients and families!”
Cristen Krebs, DNP, ANP-BC.
"I think this fact sheet will be a tremendously helpful resource for the patients and families we serve. We extol human dignity and exhort people to protect and defend life at all stages. However, there is a scarcity of practical, detailed advice for patients and families struggling to do just that when a loved one is seriously ill or at the end stage of life. This is why HALO's mission is so incredibly necessary."
Stephanie Hopping, HALO Advisory Board Member

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