Preventing Medical Errors and Medication Safety

February 19th, 2015

 

This month, we at Alliance Home Health Care will be featuring unique insights into some of the articles from our free guide, “Key Concerns on Aging.” The guide is packed with over 35 pages addressing topics in senior care and home health care, as well as staying on top of your health as you age.

To get your free copy of the guide, simply click here and tell us where to send it. It’s that simple!

Today’s preview is on preventing medical errors and medication safety:

Medical errors are one of the nation’s leading causes of death, and one of the biggest causes of medical errors are complications with prescriptions.

While prescriptions are vitally important in preventing and curing illnesses, they must be taken properly, prescribed correctly, and monitored for any complications or undesirable effects.

Medical errors often also happen due to the wrong plan in treatments, which is why it is vitally important to always be an active participant in your own health plan, and be proactive about any questions you have for your doctor.

Some other things to consider:

Always keep your health team, or those involved in your health, informed. Don’t assume they are up-to-date on the latest information.

Make a list of all the medications you take and keep it in a safe place for easy editing and reference. Make sure that any doctor you visit has a list of these medications.

Be your biggest supporter! Speak up if you ever have any questions during a medical visit, and never be afraid to ask something when it comes to how you feel about your health, no matter how silly it may seem to you.

Finally, learn as much as you can about your particular condition(s) and try to be informed as possible. This can help improve communications with doctors.

How our Care Advisors can help:

Our Care Advisors know the health care system, and are experienced in understanding the kinds of errors that may occur. Thus, through our years of experience, we have developed a series of systems and tools that can help you manage your health, keep track of your important information, and help stay on top of changes in treatment.

For more information, as always, feel free to give us a call at 317-581-1100.

For more information on our free guide, and to read this about this topic in full, click here.

As always, this blog is meant for informational purposes and in no way is meant to replace the advice of a doctor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senior Health: Preparing For a Doctor’s Visit (from our free guide)

February 17th, 2015

This month, we at Alliance Home Health Care are offering our free book “Key Concerns on Aging” to all of our amazing friends who read this and visit our Alliance Home Health Care website. The book is packed with over thirty-five pages of easy to understand, useful information and tips for seniors, family caregivers, and home health care workers alike.

And today, we thought we would summarize a topic in the book to give you, our friends, a look into some of the useful information our free guide can provide.

Today’s topic is “preparing for a doctor’s visit”.

Doctor’s visits, at no matter what age we are at, are important. Even “routine visits” are helpful in assessing where we are at from a health standpoint and in teaching us what we can do to stay healthy. Therefore, it’s important to remember that even a routine visit is a chance for you to have a one-on-one interaction with a trained medical physician.

It’s essential that you plan your visit ahead of time. Write down some key questions you have about your health and take this with you to your appointment. Additionally, note any symptoms or changes to how you feel you’ve had since your last visit as well. And, if you’re on any medications or vitamins, be sure to make a list of what you take and bring them in to your doctor as well.

But be sure to remember that your visit is a two-way street. Your doctor is going to have questions for you as well, and the best way to get the best medical advice possible is to make sure that you answer any questions they have for you openly and honestly. Doctors need quality patient input to give the best diagnosis possible, and answering their questions in as much as honest detail as possible is vital in ensuring that you’re getting the best care possible.

In essence, like any good relationship, the relationship between you and doctor needs to be built on open and honest discussion. Don’t be afraid to bring up any questions you have about your health, and don’t be afraid to answer any questions your doctor has for your as well. Remember, you and your doctor both want the same thing: for you to be happier and healthier.

If you or a loved one ever find yourself needing help in getting your questions answered, remember that our Care Advisors are here to help. We can assist in the planning for your appointment, or even attend the appointment with you to ensure that you make the most out of your visit to the doctor.

For more information, feel free to give us a call, any time, at 317-581-11100.

As always, this blog is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical physician.

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