November is National Family Caregivers Month – a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. One of the many jobs of a family caregiver is coordinating doctor appointments and medical treatment for their family member.
A caregiver often escorts their loved one to doctor appointments, takes notes during exams, picks up prescription medication at the pharmacy, and schedules follow-up appointments. After all this, the family caregiver often has other tasks to complete, and it can be easy for important medical information to get lost in the shuffle.
The single most important thing you can do to function effectively as a caregiver is to create and maintain a comprehensive file of medical information about the person you care for. Staying organized helps caregivers and their loved ones take charge of their health, prevent medical errors due to miscommunication, and be prepared in the event of a medical emergency.*
Feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a caregiver or need help pulling all this information together? Reach out to our care managers who will guide you through the process of getting organized, so you can rest easy knowing you have all the essential information you need when you need it!