Getting organized: Health and medical information

Getting organized: Health and medical information

For caregivers, being organized with health and medical information for the person you are caring for may seem like a lot of work, but it is necessary and well worth it.

Keeping health information organized can also help you to communicate better with health care providers, and be a better advocate.

Organizing health information can make things easier in the long run, and reduce the stress for you and the person you are caring for.  Keeping health information organized can also help you to communicate better with health care providers, and be a better advocate.

Below is an outline of which pieces of health and medical information is important to keep well organized.

List of medications and dosages

Keep a list of current medications and dosages for the person in your care, including any side effects and other reactions. Updating this list of medications as necessary, will help you keep track of changing prescriptions. You can ask your local pharmacist who is filling the prescriptions to print out a current list for you. This record should include prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and other products, such as vitamins and minerals that the person you are caring for is taking. Keep this list updated and with you always, and present it whenever you meet with a health care professional.

Current health conditions and allergies

Knowing the potential allergy risks and current health conditions of the person you are caring for is standard information that will be asked by every health care provider, so it is best to have it on hand so this information can be shared with all relevant health professionals.

Health history of the person in your care

Be sure to gather background information about previous ailments or injuries that the person in your care may have sustained. These are important to share with health professionals. Include details where possible, such as dates and specific information you received from other health professionals.

Current medical services or treatments

(i.e. Home Care, Rehabilitation)

Whether it’s home care services, physiotherapy, or some other form of rehabilitation, this information — about what types of medical services the person you are caring for is receiving — can be important to share with new medical professionals. The more information they have, the better they can make recommendations for future.

Getting the Information you don’t have

Many caregivers ask this common question, “How do I get the medical information for the person I am caring for?”

In order to obtain medical information for the person you are caring for, you require a form that is known as Consent to Disclose Personal Health Information. This document is a consent signed by the person you are caring for that allows you to speak to the health professionals that are involved in their care.

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