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Long-Distance Caregivers Benefit from PHRs
Friday, March 26, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

The National Institute on Aging reports that approximately 7 million adults are long-distance caregivers and generally live an hour or more away.

In its Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers, the Family Caregiver Alliance recommends that first-time long-distance caregivers begin by compiling important documents, ranging from bank statemetns to medical records, when they are able to visit. Caring from a Distance suggests that caregivers start with a list of known drug allergies, as a reaction can be fatal.

When looking after a relative from a distance, reach out to those on your “team,” such as a relative or trusted neighbor who lives nearby. Keep in mind, though, that not everyone who brings your loved one to a medical appointment can view or access his or her records. Caregivers may only access medical records with written permission from the patient.

Learn more about caregiver access to medical records, power of attorney, and how to coordinate care regardless of location.

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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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