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I, caregiver: Keeping notes and a medical file helps
Sunday, April 25, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Caregiver Juneita Johari recommends that caregivers learn to decipher doctor speak, start a file, and take notes when caring for an elderly or ill loved one.

The study of medicine in the light of rapid and expanding technology has become complicated and specialised. How would you know where to start? Who to see? Which hospital will provide the kind of treatment and answers that you want? What is your budget? Do you have insurance? How will you pay for treatment? Do you need a second, third or fourth opinion? Is it a good idea to “shop around” for doctors and treatments? Even in the best facility with the best specialists under the best circumstances, medical errors can occur that no one can foresee. What can we as the patient or caregiver do? We need to learn to look out for ourselves, take advantage of every piece of medical knowledge and learn to trust our instincts.

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Welcome to the Caregiver’s PHR blog – your connection to health information management professionals and other caregivers managing the healthcare of a loved one. Caregivers can be more prepared for the unpredictable simply by keeping a record of their loved one’s personal health information to present to a healthcare provider when needed. As a caregiver, you can often become overwhelmed with the emotional and physical responsibilities involved in this commitment. Just tracking medications and doctors’ visits can seem nearly impossible at times. A personal health record can help ease your mind. We hope you will visit this blog often to interact with experts in the field to seek advice and tips for best practices in creating and maintaining your loved one’s personal health record and the most effective ways to use that information to play a more active role in their healthcare and simplify your life.

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