Patient Sitters

When there are serious concerns that a patient should not be allowed to remain alone, it may be recommended to add a patient sitter to the health care team. Patient sitters are used in hospitals, nursing or hospice facilities, or in a patient’s home.

A patient sitter remains with the patient at all times, and may have a variety of duties, depending on the specific situation. If there are safety concerns – such as falls, self-harm or flight – the sitter may act mostly as a monitor. Sitters are often used when family members need a break from caregiving, especially for patients with chronic conditions or in hospice situations.

In some situations, a patient sitter may be needed to perform other duties, including:

  • Helping to move a patient from one place to another
  • Giving medicine
  • Assisting with bathing, dressing or feeding
  • Performing basic safety techniques

Patient sitters often have some type of medical training. It is important that they at least possess knowledge of basic safety and emergency practices.

Technologies for Patient Sitters

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What to Expect for Patient Sitters

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Patient Sitters

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Education and Resources for Patient Sitters

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