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To ensure your elderly loved one is receiving the best possible care and medications are working properly, itâ€™s critical to keep accurate medical records of all conditions, physicians, medications, etc.n
Did you know that 20% of Medicare patients have five or more chronic conditions, see 14
different physicians a year and fill 50 prescriptions annually! That’s a lot to manage, for both
the patients and the healthcare professionals.
To ensure your elderly loved one is receiving the best possible care and medications are
working properly, it’s critical to keep accurate medical records of all conditions, physicians,
While the thought of tackling piles of paperwork may seem overwhelming, it can save you a lot
of time and money and prevent unnecessary health problems down the road.
Here are three simple ways to organize your elder’s medical records to help ensure accurate
diagnoses and treatment:
Home Helpers Medical History Organizer: This simple document outlines all critical medical
information, including identification, blood type, existing conditions, medications and
emergency contact information.
In the event of an emergency, EMTs will have easy access to lifesaving information. The vinyl
pouch features a reusable sticky back that can be applied to virtually any non-porous surface,
and the sticker adheres to the front door to alert EMTs where to find the information.
Create a medical journal: Roll up your sleeves and get crafty! All you need is a three-ring binder
and some tabs. Separate into sections, including:
Physician contact information
Receipts and financial paperwork
Go paperless by utilizing online portals: These websites offer a simple solution to organizing
your loved one’s medical records. The best part is the information is accessible 24/7 online:
My Family Health Portrait: This free tool sponsored by the Surgeon General allows you
to enter and save your information so you can print and update it at your convenience.
MyMediConnect: This secure online portal is free and convenient, allowing you to set up
medication and appointment reminders and track wellness. You can also request for the
website to obtain your medical records for you.
MotherKnows: Seniors aren’t the only ones who can benefit from organized medical
records. Children and young adults also see quite a few doctors in the early stages of life
to receive immunizations and ensure proper growth. This website tracks all your
information and presents it in easy-to-read graphs and charts. Packages range from
$9.95/month per child to $249/year per child.
Not only will the new, organized you feel more confident and in control, but it could save your
loved one’s life!