Caregiver Information Management – Tools and Resources

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care discusses the information and resources that will assist with your senior’s daily routines and prepare you for the unexpected emergency.

    Mary Alexander: Hello! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care and today, I am going to talk about, the information and resources that will assist with your seniors daily routines and prepare you for the unexpected emergency.

    Let's start by identifying the information and documents, family caregivers need to know about, especially in the event and aging parent experiences of medical emergency. Will and testament, power of attorney, health care proxy, financial information, including bank location and account numbers, safety deposit box key, Medicare or Medicaid card or other insurance card and social security number.

    Once, you have determined, if these documents exist and where they are located, be sure to make copies and provide another family member with a list and where they are located. Then, next step is to compile a comprehensive contact list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of your parents key providers such as health insurance agent or provider, long term care insurance agent or provider, primary care physician, attorney and accountant or financial adviser.

    You will need to ask your parents to work with you, in compiling this information and locating and copying documents. Be sure to let them know that this information will be used in a medical emergency as well, as allowing you to help them manage their medications, doctors and medical appointments and don't worry about feeling intrusive.

    According to a survey conducted, for the home instead senior care network. It has been my experience that many parents, are willing to talk about, as well as provide their important information.

    There are many online resources where you can learn more about medication management. The American Society of Consultant Pharmacist is an organization of 1500 North American Consultant and Senior Care Pharmacist, who are specializing in Geriatrics and Geriatric Pharmacology; and the unique medication related needs of the Geriatric population.

    More information can be found on their website at ascp.

    com. The commission for certification in geriatric pharmacy website ccgp.

    org, provides information about geriatrics certified pharmacist. The center for improving medication management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education provides information about the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

    Their website is LearnAboutRXsafety.

    org. These are just a few of the many resources available to family caregivers. And remember, the more information you have the better care, you will be able to provide your aging loved one.

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