Interview the Advocate
Once you identify an advocate who may be able to help you, you’ll
want answers to these questions:
- Have you handled other cases similar to mine before?
- What are your credentials? Do you have background,
training or experience in this service?* (Be advised: there is
no national certification in patient advocacy)
- What do you charge for your services?
- Does anyone else pay you for helping me? (Some advocates are
paid a commission for placing patients in a specific nursing
home or with other services. They may be less objective -
you'll want to know more.)
- Do you have an approximate idea of the amount of time it
will take you to handle the services I need? If not, how
can I get an estimate?
- What is your caseload? Do you have time to handle the
work I need to have done?
- Do you have references?
Optional questions, depending on the service(s) needed:
- Are you "on call" 24/7 or do you have specific hours?
- Is your location in proximity to the
patient? (Many services do not require the advocate to be
- Do you provide reports on services you provide in my
If the advocate's answers are satisfactory, ask them to put their
information and answers to your questions in writing.
Feel free to contact more than one advocate or organization
during your search to compare their capabilities and pricing.
Register to find
You can also:
AdvoConnection cannot guarantee the quality of the services provided by the people or organizations listed on this site. Please see our
Disclaimer for more information.
If you have
comments, questions or suggestions to share,
please contact us.