Help Your Employees Achieve Balance and Success as a Caregiver
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- Use the same pharmacy for all refills: The pharmacy will maintain an accurate record of all medications, and this record will come in handy if any insurance issues arise. More importantly, the history will help the pharmacist identify any potential harmful and unsafe combinations of prescription medications.
- Create a schedule of how and when pills should be administered: Time of day matters when it comes to giving loved ones their medication. Setting an alarm with notes on what the medication is and how it is administered serves as a helpful reminder when it’s time to administer a dose, preventing any missed medications or skipped steps.
- Keep the primary care physician and pharmacist aware of all medications, as well as medication updates and changes: The primary care physician and pharmacist should always be kept up to date with their patient’s medications. This will allow for better treatment options and advice when needed most.
- Listen to your gut: Medically, it may not always seem rational, but instinct can serve one well. People know their loved ones like the back of their hand, so encourage your employees to keep this in mind when moments of uncertainty arise.
- Keep a list of medications: Trying to remember the names, dosage and timing of each medication may prove to be a challenge. Be sure to include all medicines, including over-the-counter pills, vitamins and supplements. They’ll be thankful they have this prepared in advance.
- Take a trusted family member to every doctor’s visit: This may seem obvious, but it’s comforting to have a family member’s support during a doctor’s visit. It’s also very important to ask questions and record the doctor’s answers. The notes or audio recording will act as a care journal that can be easily referenced when difficult decisions need to be made.
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