ElderCarelink Blog

Caregivers Managing and Juggling Medical Information and Records

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
August 6th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Until you’re seated in a doctor’s office waiting for your elder’s name to be called to, you thought you were fully prepared for the appointment. Then you realize that you can’t recall the name or prescribed strength of your elder’s latest prescription change. Rats!

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Who Do You Want to Know Your Health Care Information?

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 26th, 2010 at 2:20 am

As long as you do not voice an objection, your health care provider may be able to discuss your medical details with a family member or a friend. You are certainly familiar with the forms where you provide those names. There are very specific guidelines under HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) about who health care professionals can release your medical information to. What about situations where there are certain people who you do not want to be informed? You may want to consider having those names also specified on your forms. There have been several situations where this has occurred with some of my friends and clients.

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Creating A Family Medical History

by Sue Lanza
July 22nd, 2010 at 2:11 am

Just had my annual physical a while ago (don’t put it off–just do it!) and my doctor always reviews my family medical history with me. Scariest thing on this recent visit was that two of my grandparents had died at an age that seemed so far way but now I am very close to their age. Yikes!

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What to do Between Your Appointments

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 16th, 2010 at 1:01 am

Keeping track of information, recommendations and new referrals after an appointment with a health care professional can be overwhelming. Information can fall through the cracks and creating a system can help to reduce the stress and encourages better follow-up. Read more »

Change is Certain

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 14th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I still remember my last day in my former paid employment. It was election night 2008 – a night I will remember having nothing to do with political persuasion. As I walked away from my former office building for the last time, a stranger walked in the opposite direction headed toward me. Read more »