Women not only take control of their own health care but support the care of their loved one’s health in virtually every way.

The On the Rebound:
What to Expect after Surgery
survey found:



say they are responsible for or influence health care decisions

Among Women Who Influence Their Family’s Health Care Decisions


are responsible for scheduling medical appointments and refilling prescriptions1


are responsible for monitoring medications1


take the lead on planning surgeries or medical procedures1

Tips on Being a Caregiver

  • Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors, and importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Complete this Discussion Guide so you’re prepared
  • Help your loved one organize medical information so it’s up to date and easy to find
  • You might also need to help your loved one prepare their home for return after surgery. For example, they may need to avoid steps – so set up a comfortable place where they are able to sleep, access the bathroom, and easily get food and water
  • 41% of moms said they’re concerned about their children taking opioids after surgery. Be proactive and ask how your child’s pain will be managed and know what non-opioid options may be available to help your child have a better recovery experience
  • We are all advocates for our own health. If you or your loved one don’t feel that your needs are being met by your current health care provider, you should feel empowered to seek other opinions or find a doctor who will get you the treatment you want and need