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   Posted 8/30/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
To All Caregivers, Every so often I bring this up but a three ring binder can be a life saver. My binder had tabs for each section, this only takes a few minutes to set up and will save you so much stress and time.
The front should have a calendar with upcoming appointments.
1. Medical proxy info..... who and what their expectations are for care
2. All insurance information, photo copies front and back of cards
3. Prescriptions/Dosages etc., make extra copies to hand to EMTs ERs etc. keep this updated for every change and maybe why the change ex: drug removed because of adverse effects, this helps if another facility recomends a drug again
4. Print out of all labs, if you get them the day of or at Dr office there is no charge, sometimes there is a charge to get them later.
5. Admission and discharge summaries, again if you go back later to get copies they may charge you. This can also include day procedures ie: a tap with how many litres and whether or not albumin given and how much, endoscopies etc.
6. I also had a chart for blood sugars and insulin amounts given, this was only kept for 30 days.
My binder was RED..... and everyone knew my red binder, after a while ERs and Drs knew to make my print out without asking!
In the back pouch I kept a copy of prescription print out that had all side effects listed.
The home binder was plain old blue.
This one was more for whomever was helping at home. I had a week at a glance calendar with who was coming in and what time they were coming and leaving. I would leave notes for what his night was like, any med changes ie: increase enulose.
I did have a girl who was being paid by insurance to come in, If she didnt leave a note then I had to assume she didnt show so no pay for her. If Doug had a good day then I wanted to know that too, she also had to chart his sugar level and how much insulin was given. Even this was a positive tool, if I had to call the doctor I could give them an honest amount of information instead of something vague.
As a matter of fact a few home programs are now using this tool to pass on to caregivers, the Visiting nurses loved it as they could spend a few less minutes with questions and more time with Doug! They also are recommending this to their patients families.
I hope this helps everyone.
Purple Nana

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   Posted 8/30/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Sue what a great post!
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   Posted 8/30/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sue, I will second that! I started a 3 ring binder when my husband 1st got sick and let me tell you it was a life saver! I kept everything in it! As you know, we see so many specialists it really helps to keep track of who said what, etc.

Sure has made life so much easier!

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   Posted 8/31/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
this is exactly the system we use at the adult foster care... except... emergency info is kept in plastic.. helps to have current medications on computer then just print before going instead of having to hand write it all out... thanks for the neat post ... excellent..
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   Posted 8/31/2010 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Sue I just added it to our educational thread under Record Keeping.
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