Your elderly loved one likely has more than a few health conditions that you’re managing with her. Keeping track of all of that information can become extremely difficult if you allow it to be.
Start with a Full Health Assessment
Even if your elderly loved one has been going to her doctor regularly, you need to schedule an appointment for a full health assessment. This does a few things. First, you can see if there’s anything that you and her doctor are missing. Second, it brings you fully up to speed with what is going on right now and what your loved one’s prognosis is. This is essential information.
Keep Notes, Recordings, and Other Records in a File
You’re going to start amassing a tremendous amount of paperwork concerning your elderly loved one’s health. If you don’t develop a system now, it’s going to rapidly overwhelm you. Consider clearing out a drawer in an existing file cabinet or purchasing a small portable file box. From there, you can start keeping notes you’ve taken, articles you’ve printed out, notes from recordings of doctor visits, and other information safe and organized.
Keep Other Family Members Informed
Chances are good that you’re not the only family member who is concerned about your elderly loved one’s health. Keeping them informed regularly about what is going on with your elderly loved one’s health can help them to feel less anxious about what might be going on with her, especially if they live far away. They can also better understand why you need help caring for her if they understand her specific health conditions.
Maintain a Summary Document
One way that you can easily share information with your elderly loved one’s other family members is with a summary document of her current health issues and how those affect her daily life. You might want to include other information as necessary that they might find helpful. A modified version of this summary document is an excellent tool for you to give to your loved one’s home care providers, especially if you include contact information for her doctor’s office and any other pertinent information.
As you develop a system that works for you, keep up with it and maintain it so that you always have the information you need, when you need it.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering in-home care in Mount Airy, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-274-0900.