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Tips of scheduling home care medications and appointments

Being a home caretaker is a highly demanding job. Depending upon symptoms, therapies, medications and the potential for multiples conditions at any one time, the situation gets even more complex. It becomes the responsibility of the home carer to ensure that their patient is not missing out on any aspect of their care. Often patients need assistance to remember taking their prescriptions, and missing even a single dosage could have a high impact. It is the home carer’s responsibility to ensure that prescriptions are followed, therapies are completed and appointments are adhered to. Often there is more than one doctor or specialist medical advisor, so keeping on top of advice and tracking appointments is essential.

Home carers are often stressed due to the nature of their responsibility. Particularly with the added responsibilities of planning diet and exercise, not to mention the running of the household.

Here are a few handy hints that could help you:

Be organized – Organize the medicines so that dosages are arranged according to the time of day. Make sure that dosages are correct, and track each time adjustments are made to the medication plan. Regularly check use by dates to make sure the medication is current, since the potency can be compromised if the medication is out of date.

Schedule your tasks – As a caregiver, supervising your patient often requires that you may are present around the clock, Extra care needs to be taken if for any reason you are unable to be present, and need supervise via a phone call, neighbor or friend. Such calls need to be according to the time of the day that the activity is due, particularly when it comes to specific medications.

Keep a tally of the stock of each medication – In many cases, missed doses can have dire consequences. You need to make sure the prescriptions are available, and your stock of medications is adequate. This requires a brief daily check since you need advanced notice to replenish stock by visiting your patient’s doctor (to collect a prescription) or visit your pharmacy. You also can’t be assured that stock is available, and often medications are marketed as generic brands. In this case, keep a cross reference of the generic brands provided and the original medication prescribed.

Planning the Daily Routine – Depending on the needs of your patient, mapping out the daily routine is an essential step to successful time management. Use your smartphone to set the daily schedule, make sure that each appointment is entered and updated as the need arises, plan your everyday tasks around your patient’s schedule and most importantly, don’t forget to manage your own health and wellbeing.

Admission and Discharge at Hospitals – Examples of stressful situations that caretakers encounter include when their patient is admitted or discharged at a hospital. To a lesser extent, each visit to a medical advisor can also be stressful if there is any change to the patient routine.

Make sure that you understand and track each therapy, the time of day due, any follow-up appointments and most of all the reason for the care plan. Many carers are the first to interpret conflicting advice such as one medical advisor removing a medication, then another re-instating it. Most of all, don’t just rely on receiving advice, since you as the carer may have a clearer perspective on the needs of your patient, and the broader implications if changes to the care plan are proposed.

 

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