An In-Home Caregiver Can Help with Medical Needs and Reminders
When acting as a home care provider to a loved one, it is crucial to keep track of various medical records and test results at home as a supplement to the professional records that doctors keep. Often, aging means an increased number of medical ailments and concerns. The high volume of important medical notes and results can be overwhelming to those with little caregiving experience. However, with the right organizational method, it is easy for an in-home caregiver to keep track of all this important documentation.
Why is this important?
Before going to a doctor’s appointment, it is important to make sure that you have organized the pertinent medical information. We strongly recommend that caregivers keep a journal, notebook, or binder for keeping track of their patient’s various symptoms, medication lists, and medical results and records, all of which are available upon request from any medical practitioner. After all, neither the patient nor the practitioner can make good decisions without the necessary results and notes readily at hand. In particular, the following pieces of information are essential for caregivers to keep:
- Laboratory results: By far the most important of information to keep in one’s personal health record, these results include findings from urine and blood tests.
- Radiology results, including results from tests such as CAT scans, MRI scans, ultrasounds, and x-rays. Having copies of these results on hand may prevent tests from being administered multiple times.
- Cardiac tests, including results from EKGs, echocardiograms, and special heart imaging tests.
- Pathology reports
- Hospital discharge summaries: Though these documents are usually written for other health care professionals, it is important that home care providers or patients maintain a copy of these records for emergencies.
- Other clinical notes
- Advance directives: These notes are intended to provide guidance and instructions to health care professionals in the case that their patient is too ill to more informed decisions on their own behalf.
- Medication lists
- Lists of allergies
Of course, this information should be kept as securely as possible. Although folders and binders with this information on paper work for some, it is best to store one’s personal health record (PHR) digitally as a back up. There are sites that are designed to help caregivers organize this information, such as myPHR.com; additionally, learn more about PHRs here. We also recommend giving another family member or caretaker access to these records in case of emergency.
How We Can Help
Here at Comfort Keepers, we prioritize the health and well-being of our patients and are leaders among home care service agencies. While we have locations throughout the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, each branch maintains a personal level of care for our clients and their families and provides meaningful, thoughtful home care solutions.
For more information about what types of information to bring to a new doctor or specialist, click on this link. To learn more about how our various home care programs, including assisted living in the home and hospice solutions, as well as various insurance and out-of-pocket payment plans, please visit the other pages on our website.Please feel free to call for more information about our elder care services at 877-698-9394, or fill out the form on our website here.