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Care Coordination Tips for Caregivers

By Ilse du Bernard, 9:00 am on

As seniors get older, age-related health issues can lead to more visits with doctors, specialists, and more medications, which can be hard for seniors and their family caregivers to keep up with. Electronic records systems help doctors and pharmacists, but caregivers want to ensure their loved ones are receiving the best possible care, too. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care in North Houston, offers the following tips for coordinating your loved one’s care.

Write down all medications prescribed

This includes any medications prescribed for illness or chronic conditions by a doctor or specialist working with your loved one, as well as vitamins or other supplements your loved one takes on a regular basis. Keep the list on hand and update it every time your loved one starts or stops a medication. Whenever possible, use the same pharmacy to pick up prescriptions, and make sure their record is kept up to date with all the medications your loved one is taking to help prevent drug interactions.

Go prepared to ask questions

If you accompany your loved one to appointments with doctors or specialists, take some time the evening before to prepare for the appointment. Jot down a list of current or changing symptoms, any issues you’ve noticed since his or her last appointment, and any questions you have about current care. If you’ve done research into new treatment methods and have questions about what is currently available, write those down, too. You’ll be much more likely to remember questions during the appointment if you have them in front of you.

Look into care coordination services

It’s not uncommon for family caregivers to have a hard time staying on top of appointments, medications, special care services, and other care needs that can arise. Consider care coordination services or look to a local North Houston home care agency to ensure that your loved one’s care will be managed properly.

For help managing and coordinating your loved one’s care needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance. As a leading provider of dementia, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care in North Houston, we have experience handling a wide range of complex care needs. Call 832-412-1345 today to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager and learn more about our comprehensive care services.