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Seattle Patient Advocates

Seattle Patient Advocates
Seattle Patient Advocates
Lead Advocate or Care Manager's Name: Cheryl Kauffman, PT, BCPA
City, State, or Location:

Seattle, Washington
Puget Sound
Pacific NW
Pacific Northwest
Western Washington

SEATTLE PATIENT ADVOCATES  better healthcare, less stress

For now, Seattle Patient Advocates is just Cheryl. But I’m a planner and I know that as much as this service is needed, it won’t be long before I’ll need to bring on other advocacy professionals.

With over 30 years as a Physical Therapist, creative problem-solving is my bread and butter as both a therapist and an advocate. My commitment is help you get the best healthcare possible. I advocate to improve the quality of care as well as the efficiency and compassion of delivering that care. My goal is to help patients and their loved ones understand the health care system and get ahead of the questions and decisions coming their way. I demystify the language and the process; I break things down into manageable, understandable steps so YOU feel empowered to lead your healthcare team.

We all benefit from having someone in our corner. In particular, if you leave medical appointments with any confusion about what they told you, what your options are, or what should happen next, an Advocate will help address these concerns. Likewise, if you are dealing with multiple stressors (illness, family matters, financial concerns, etc), an Advocate can help lighten your load. Bedside advocacy improves safety when hospitalized, guarding against medical errors.

Hiring an Advocate can actually improve the quality of your care and improve your outcomes. I work with people across the lifespan, but have special expertise with the elderly. I can research inpatient facilities if needed, or determine home services to help you safely stay or recover at home.

Areas of special interest include neurology (concussion, brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury), medically complex cases (ventilator-dependent, wounds, kidney and cardiac disease, antibiotic-resistant infections, cancer), multi-trauma  (fractures and internal  injuries), and geriatrics – especially balance and fall prevention.

Initial consultation is always free.  (206) 528-5885.

Experience: I have worked in private, independent practice for: Up to 2 years
Experience: I have provided patient support and assistance for: More than 5 years
Phone: (206) 528-5885
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