The team at Qualicare understands that one of the important roles of being a caregiver for your loved one is making sure he or she receives the best health care possible. We know that it can be stressful trying to make sure everyone is on the same page. Here are some tips to help you keep your loved one’s health in check.
Person-centered Care for Your Loved One
When working with healthcare providers to care for your loved one, it’s important to make sure that you are as involved as possible in your loved one’s care. This is especially vital when your loved one sees more than one physician.
Conversations with your loved one’s medical providers shouldn’t be one-sided. While it’s certainly important to listen to guidance and instructions from physicians, it’s also important to get the information you need. Ask questions to ensure that you and your loved one understand both the pros and cons when it comes to diagnostic testing and treatment plans.
In order to make sure you’re getting answers to all the questions you have, prepare ahead of time. Write down any questions that you have about your loved one’s health goals and the physician’s plan of care for your loved one. Don’t leave an appointment without having your questions answered.
It’s especially important to ask questions about your loved one’s medication regimen, especially if there’s more than one medical professional writing prescriptions. Enlist the help of your pharmacist to make sure medications are safe and being taken correctly. You may want to ask if certain medications can be taken together, or whether certain foods should be avoided while taking particular medications. Among seniors, who often take multiple medications for a variety of conditions, adverse drug events leading to hospitalization are common. That’s why it’s important to have all the information about medications your loved one is prescribed.
When you add professionals at Qualicare to your loved one’s care, you can be sure that we are here to help make the care for your loved one as seamless as possible. Visit the Qualicare website to learn about our 360° approach when helping care for your loved one.