Family caregivers find that helping their senior parents through the myriad of medical care is often the most consuming aspect of taking on the role family caregiver.
And, as many caregivers will attest, pre-planning and taking care of the details makes this time-consuming task a bit easier to handle.
Today’s medical climate and legal climate requires that an extensive trail of paperwork be complete before a family caregiver can even begin to help with communicating with healthcare providers.
This video will review some of the following key information:
1. Legal Medical Forms – Including any necessary “Release of Information” forms required under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
2. Advanced Medical Directives – A specified listing of health treatment preferences.
3. Personal Medical History – A complete outline of medications, hospital stays and surgeries, allergies, known illnesses, immunizations and other personal information regarding health issues.
Please take a moment to review Part 3 of 4 Part Series: Patient-Doctor Communication for a complete overview of “Legal Documentation and Medical History.
Houston-area family caregivers can keep this information in an easy-to-find reference by downloading your free copy of “How to Communicate with Healthcare Providers” handbook.
We want to hear from you if you have additional tips on handling paperwork and medical release information for senior adults. Please share your story.