3 Medical Marketing Tips For The Health Care Industry

Medical sites can benefit from internet marketing just as any other website online. Hospital marketing online is catching on in the health care industry as hospitals try to compete for business with one another. In addition, there is also a call for marketing for medical supplies. The health care industry is beginning to use internet marketing in the same way as other businesses. As an increasing number of people get their information online, including medical information and where to find the best medical care, it is important for the health care industry to make the most use of internet marketing techniques. Those who are in the health care industry and are seeking marketing tips, or consultants who provide hospital marketing can learn from these 3 medical marketing tips: 1. Make sure medical sites are up to date One way to make sure that medical sites stay up to date is to include a blog on the site. A blog is easier to update on a regular basis than an entire website. This will keep the medical sites at the top of the search engines and also provide those who are seeking out the medical hospital information to get the most up to date news. Good hospital marketing means a stellar looking site as well as one that is kept up to date through the use of blogs as well as RSS feeds. 2. Make sure that Medical SEO is used Medical SEO, or search engine optimization, should be used on all content relating to the website, including blogs and articles. Hospital SEO includes keywords that those who are seeking information about the hospital will use in the search engines. Medical search engine optimization means using SEO correctly in all content and on the medical sites so that these sites can easily be found in the search engines by those who are seeking information. 3. Make sure that new developments are discussed New developments, such as new medical supplies that are used by the medical hospital should be discussed in articles as well as on the site. The more up to date the medical hospital is when it comes to health care, the more desirable it will be for patients. Health marketing is not only about services, but also about medical supplies that many people with chronic conditions need. Hospital marketing should include all of the latest developments by way of procedures and medical supplies so that the public that is likely to use these services or products is well informed. The health care industry can benefit greatly from good health marketing that can focus on medical sites, a medical hospital or even medical supplies. In order to benefit the most, medical search engine optimization is important so those who are providing health marketing should be aware of how to use search engine optimization to the fullest extent. As more and more people begin to rely on the internet to get all of their information, it makes sense for the health care industry to concentrate on various aspects of effective internet marketing. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=499913&ca=Medical+Business

Certain Facts About the Health Care Services in Different Medical Institutions

When someone in your family has unexpectedly acquired certain kind of disease and you are caught unawares, most probably you will be overwhelmed by it due to the lack of knowledge how to take care and handle that particular situation. Life for everyone in your family can be a struggle. Good thing is that there are so many health care services nowadays that offer their health care services for people who need it, thus giving them the chance to live a normal life while also allowing the members of the family who are not sick to continue their lives. Millions of people with some form of physical limitations are more likely the ones who will avail of health care services. However, getting health care services can cost you a lot of money especially if you are unprepared. Good thing is that Medicare – a social insurance managed by government to grant health insurance coverage for citizens age 65, is there to save them from paying too much on their medical expenses. The kind of health care services that the Medicare provides for people include outpatient treatment, doctors and other hospital services and other pertinent services that has something to do with the patient’s needs. Health care services may include the employment of medical and health professionals to take care and oversee the facilitation of health care services for their patients. Some of these health care services can be done at home, such as performing some form of physical therapy that does not need a special kind of medical equipment. However, the hospital is still the best place to get the best health care services because this gives your doctor the chance to see the physical manifestations of your illness and therefore the chance of you being correctly examined and diagnosed is high. It is a known fact that the health care services in the United States is one of the best in the world that’s why even the Europeans and Canadians come to the US to avail of these. Canadians in particular took advantage of this because of its benefits that includes lesser prices and great numbers of good hospitals that provides high standard medical procedures. Because of this, many Canadians travelled to the US in search for shorter hospital queues and better health care services. Another reason why Canadians seek health care services in the US is because there are certain types of health care services that are not readily available at the Canadian hospitals. Health care services is not limited to the care of those who are infirmed, even if you are physically well, there is a chance that you might still need the help of health care services. They also make sure that major problems that has something to do with health and ailments are properly addressed and given appropriate resolutions. Basically they provide top-notch quality of health care services to their patients and that is one thing that they will not put into compromise no matter what. To provide better health care services, health institutions should have high-quality medical equipment and competent health workers. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=289729&ca=Wellness%2C+Fitness+and+Diet

How Keeping A Medical Journal Can Improve Your Health Care

I am a two-time survivor of cancer. Chemotherapy did significant damage to my heart and lungs.* Because of this I have spent a lot of time in the health care system. I have an ology problem. I have more ologists in my life than I know what to do with. I have a Cardiologist, Neurologist, Urologist, Anesthesiologist, Hematologist, Oncologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist and a Nephrologist. My brain is not able to keep up with just one of these. If you have any chronic illness then you understand the dilemma that I have. How does a person keep up with all of this? The simple answer is by keeping a medical journal. It does not matter if you have one doctor in your life or like me a dozen, keeping a medical journal will not only help you manage your health care but it will improve the quality of the care you get as well. There are four sections that I keep in my medical journal. There is a section for notes I take at the doctor’s office, a section for questions I have for the doctors, a section for research and a section for the drugs I take. Each one of the sections has a purpose and each can help insure improve the quality of care you receive. The first section is I have in my journal is for notes I take at the doctors office. This is important for two reasons. It is hard to remember the things you talk to your doctor about when you get home, much less to remember it a month later when you are seeing a different doctor. Create a separate page or section for each doctor you see. When you have a chronic illness you have different doctors from different specialties that you see. This helps you keep up with what you have talked about with each. Always take notes while you are at your appointment with the doctor. It is important to get the information down when it is fresh in your mind. It is ok to be brief with your notes while you are in the room with the doctor because you can sit down before you leave the medical office and finish them. Remember to date your entries for the doctor visit section of your journal. If for any reason you need to go to court then these notes are admissible. The second section is your research section. As you look over your notes from your doctor visit if there is anything you do not understand you can research it. This research can be on the Internet, asking friends and family or talking with others in a support group for your condition. Personally I use all three. While in the doctor’s office, if we talk about something I do not understand, I put it in my notes. Sometimes I even ask the doctor to spell the term. You are the one who has power in making your medical decisions. These decisions are best made with as much understanding as possible. When you get home from an appointment go over your notes and see if there is anything you need to have more information about. Then write this in question form in your research section. Say your doctor says that your hematocrit in your CBC is off. First of all you ask your doctor what that means. If after his explanation you feel you would like to have more information you can look it up. For example he tells you that your hematocrit showed that your white blood cell count was elevated you can lookup to see what that means. The third is a very important section. In fact if you only have one section this is the one to have. It is the questions you want to ask your doctor. All of us have been to the doctor some time and after we left we remember that we forgot to ask the doctor something. This helps prevent that from happening. This should include questions from your self and from your medical support team. First if there are any questions you have after looking over your notes from a doctor visit write it down. If while doing any research a question comes up you write it down. If a question comes up while talking with friends and family, someone in your medical support team or condition related support group you write it down. Before you go to a doctor visit you go over these questions and write down all that are relevant to discuss with this doctor. This way when you go to the appointment all the questions I want to ask are right there in front of you. The last section is for drugs. This section lists all the drugs you are on. Every time you see a new doctor they want to know what drugs you are taking. It also should list all the drugs you have been on before. It is important when you stop taking a drug to write down why you stopped taking them. If the doctor takes you off of a drug because it is not working you should write that down. It is really important to write down any drugs your doctor takes you off of because of side effects. You should have a page in this section that lists drugs you can not take and the reason you cannot take them. I have been taken off so many drugs because of side effects that I cannot remember them all. When a new doctor recommends a drug to me I look to make sure it is not one I have stopped taking for a specific reason. After a while this notebook may get large. You do not have to carry it to every appointment. Usually I take a spiral notebook that includes the questions I want to ask and room for me to take notes on. When I see a new doctor or I am seeing several doctors about the same condition I take the whole notebook with me. If you keep up with your medical journal I am sure you will find that the quality of your health care will improve. * For those of you considering Chemo this is a rare occurrence of two of the specific chemo drugs I was taking. * For more information about a medical support team look up my article “How to make the most of your health care with a medical support team.” Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=183406&ca=Medicines+and+Remedies

Medical Tourism: Advantages Of Offshore Health Care

Medical Tourism can be defined as the provision for patients to travel offshore in search of faster, cost-effective and safer medical and surgical procedures. A combination of various different factors have led many people from industrialized countries to migrate in order to get high quality medical treatment. The various reasons are the cost issues, ease and affordability of international travel, long frustrating queues in many nations and above all improving technology standards of health care in many countries of the world. Both the health sector and the tourism industry help to facilitate the process in these countries. The concept of medical tourism actually traces back to ancient Greece, where pilgrims and patients from all over the Mediterranean came to the sanctuary of healing god, Asklepios, at Epidaurus. In the 18th century the wealthy Europeans from Germany traveled to the Mediterranean spas. The 21st century has taken the medical tourism industry beyond the wealthy and the desperate providing low cost treatment and transportation services. The leisure, fun and relaxation together with health care attached to it have made medical tourism a common form of vacation. Medical tourism presents an opportunity for hospitals to tap the potential of the international healthcare market and eventually leverage their business. The advancement of medical technology, increased transportation facilities and necessity of immediate quality healthcare has encouraged the healthcare providers to go global. Medical tourists travel great distances to seek world-class doctors and hospitals. The healthcare providers worldwide are investing to acquire the cutting edge technology and venture into the areas of latest medical research. They even provide lucrative non-medical services such as hospitality services, spa facilities, and pick-up services to facilitate the stay and treatment of their international clientele. One major reason that medical tourism is attractive to many people is that it offers medical treatments at a comparatively low cost. Moreover the public healthcare systems in developed countries are very much overburdened and traveling to foreign land for immediate treatment is often a solution to the problem. Medical tourism is popular and generally accepted because it provides the patients with medical assistance accompanied by five-star treatment and exclusive vacations. Thailand and India are among the emerging popular spots for medical tourism. The Government of India has successfully exerted its leadership to assist in the development of the medical tourism industry in the country. India is one of the leading players in the medical tourism industry today. Cosmetic surgery and dental treatments is usually what the medical tourists have been looking for, but recent studies reveal even eye surgery, kidney dialysis and organ transplantation are among the most common procedures sought by medical vacationers. In particular, India excels in open-heart surgery, pediatric heart surgery, bone marrow transplants and cancer therapy. Indian hospitals are equipped with the latest electronic and medical diagnostic equipment. Indian pharmaceuticals meet the stringent requirements of U.S. Food and Drug Administration and even qualify for the American standards for quality of care. The medical tourism in India has become one of the booming business sectors. Marketing ones facilities with informative websites outlining the transparent pricing schemes and availability of latest medical accoutrements are the trend of the day. As more and more patients from affluent nations look for effective options in India, the medical tourism industry has been expanding at a fast pace. Developments will of course lead to various other economic activities where the main element will always remain quality. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=64170&ca=Medical+Business

Health And Medical Insurance – Comparing Managed Care Health Plans

Health insurance plans have been forced to take action to contain costs of quality health care delivery as health care costs have skyrocketed. Health insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays have steadily increased, and health insurance companies have implemented certain strategies for reducing health care costs. “Managed care” describes a group of stratgies aimed at reducing the costs of health care for health insurance companies. There are two basic types of managed care plans; health maintenance organizations, or HMOs, and preferred provider organizations, or PPOs. So which health plan is best? How do you choose what type of health insurance best suits the health care needs of you and your family? Both HMOs and PPOs contain costs by contracting with health providers for reduced rate on health care services for its’ members, often as much as 60%. One important difference between HMOs and PPOs is that PPOs often will cover the costs of care when the provider is out of their network, but usually at a reduced rate. On the other hand, most HMOs offer no coverage for health care services for out-of-network providers. Both HMO and PPOs also control health care costs by use of a gateway, or primary care provider (PCP). Health insurance plan members are assigned (or select) a primary care practitioner (physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner). usually a family practitioner or internal medicine doctor for adult members or a pediatrician or family care practitioner for childern. The primary care provider is responsible for coordianting health delivery for plan members. Care by specialist physicians require referral from the primary care provider. This cost containment strategy is intended to avoid duplication of services (for example, the cardiologist ordering tests that have already been done by the PCP, or a sprained ankle being referred to an orthopedic) and avoid unnecessary specialist referrals, tests and/or procedures. HMO and PPO plans also contain costs by requiring prior approval, prior authorization, or pre-certification for many elective hospital admissions, surgeries, costly tests and imaging procedures, durable medical equipment and prescription drugs. When such services are required, the provider must submit a request to the health insurance plan review department, along with medical records that justify the service. The request is reviewed by the health insurance company to determine whether the services are justified as “medically necessary” according to the health plan policy and guidelines. Review is usually performed by licensed nurses, and, if the reviewer agrees that the service is necessary, approval is given and the service will be covered by the health insurance plan. As health care costs continue to rise, many indemnity health insurance plans, or “fee for service” plans are being forced to adopt some managed care strategies in order to provide quality health care and keep health insurance premiums affordable. And as long as health care costs continue to rise, the distinctions among PPO, HMO, FFS and other health insurance plans will become blurred. Rest assured, however, that managed health care is here to stay Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=36431&ca=Finances

Know About The Home Health Care Equipment

The home care industry has become a multi billion dollar industry with more people living alone over the age of 60 years and disabled invalids also need these services. The home health care facilities provide nursing health care, medical equipment and rehabilitation services that complement all health care facilities.

There are many home health care equipment suppliers who offer a wide range of medical equipment, supplies, respiratory and oxygen services. These suppliers also have a dedicated staff of health care professional, which provide quality services through careful evaluation, coordinate medical equipment for smooth transition when you come back from home from the hospital.

Broadly classifying the home health care equipment are diabetic supplies, home safety products, wound care equipments and related education about using the equipments are facilitated. The equipment comprises of hospital beds, low air loss mattresses and pressure pads, wheelchairs both regular and specialty, power wheelchairs and scooters , I.V. poles, bathroom safety products – safety rails, benches and commodes, canes, walkers , attachments and crutches. The term ‘home health care’ means a wide range of health and social services that are provided at home for recovering, chronically ill people in need of nursing, social and therapeutic treatment.

These suppliers also provide home oxygen and respiratory therapeutic products like medical oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, nebulizers, ventilators. Other facilities offered are sports braces, back braces, first aid products and other related goods. These dealers also employ efficient staff to deliver and install these products.

Home health care equipment suppliers also provide trained nurse administers for pharmacy and infusion services. They also teach methods of self administration of using ventilation products and respiratory therapy. The diabetic supplies comprise of glucose meters, lancets and whole kit to measure and manage diabetes. Wound care supplies include all dressings and special tapes.

Home health care services also offer non medical services also. They provide services to the elderly and the disabled people who are living alone so that they are secure at home. Some of the facilities provided are light housekeeping, transportation, available on rent oxygen portables, supervision of the elderly, companionship and medical help. With changing times, needs of people change. One stop shop for all medical equipments are in. It is best to contact a supplier of home care equipment and order what is needed than run around trying to gather everything yourself.

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A New Health Care Insurance Policy

Some health care insurance companies, are nowadays grateful for their employee’s idea of dropping the client’s policies and cancel the payment for their health care medical expenses, admit recent investigations in health care insurance domain. Since this new policy, many other investigations started targeting all other health insurance companies.

Moreover, another important change in health insurance policy is that, as many Americans accept the idea that, smokers should pay a larger sum of money for their health care insurance. Why? Simple: it is already known the fact that a smoker is more prone to danger than a person who has never smoked in his/her life.And the danger refers to health care medical issues, of course.This is also a way of determining as many people as possible to quit smocking.

Health care insurance programs and medical health care issues have been concerning USA presidential candidates since always. Even Barack Obama the actual president of USA, has in plan to face the health care medical system, and improve it, by taking out all problems that are harming it. His perfect health care program would be the one covering all medical care expenses by the health insurance company. The estimated number of uninsured in USA, points out to 45 million, people who need to face the actual medical care insurance system. A first idea would be that, by raising health care insurance taxes for smokers, then the uninsured would have to pay less, since the smoker’s number is bigger than medical uninsured.

The need for a reformation of health care system is obvious and it is one of the president’s main objectives, because after the economy, medical health care system, and insurance health care policy come second.Barack Obama is fighting to convince employers to determine Americans to share his new health care policy plan. His plan will require larger companies providing insurance to entire nation, and in return they will receive small tax credits for the medical care expenses.
Unfortunately many workers are still depending on their employers regarding health benefits, and the entire system is facing difficulties already. The numbers are concerning: 62.9% of Americans under the age 65 had “employer-based” coverage during 2007, falling from 68.3% during 2000. This indicates that instead of an improved situation in health care system, the evolution was tragical, meaning that thing have been getting worse and worse for the past 7 years.

Experts and qualified persons, do not sympathise much the idea of eliminating the fee advantage for “employer-based” coverage which would only oblige younger workers to abandon their office plans. In this case, medical costs for the remaining employers would surely skyrocket. So it seems that MCCain’s idea could do more damage than good to the entire health care system.
On the other hand Barack Obama’s approach is extremely different. As said previously, the president wants to establish larger companies to provide “meaningful coverage” for their clients. In case they do not provide health care insurance, they would have no other option but to subsidize the entire cost of a national plan.

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Health Care Stinks – How to Push Your Personal Health Care Over the Top

Don’t tell me! You don’t think it’s possible, right? The health care delivery system may be lousy, but you do have an opportunity to improve your own healthcare in ways that are practical and easy to accomplish.

The unfortunate problem most people have is not knowing how to approach their healthcare with a vengeance and with the knowledge, strategies, and tactics which can make it top level. The issue is that most people want to have someone else do it for them like in the old days. That’s not going to happen in our lifetimes.

What’s left is to do it yourself in a determined and effective manner which I’m about to reveal to you. An article can’t encompass all you need to know, but a bit of research on your own will enlighten you to all the approaches you can use to get
top health care (medical care).

Let’s approach the subject from a practical point of view first. The really good medical care is found when certain factors are in place like:

o You must select a physician who will take the time needed to satisfy your medical needs on every visit. A patient advocate.
o The physician’s personality must be gentle, not authoritative, persuasive not demanding, and conscientious about how he or she treats patients.
o The medical office staff must be cordial, pleasant, easily reachable, and willing to go the extra mile for you. Most are.
o You must truly trust your doctor’s advice and directions.

These qualities must be present, or at least in your judgment close enough, for making the strategies below work effectively and in your favor. In rural areas patients must accept who’s available-or drive a hundred miles to get a choice. In many cases transient doctors make the 100 mile drive essential.

Healthcare strategies to overcome the health care system defects:

What is it that frustrates you most about doctors and your medical care? Your answers to this question are the basis for implementing the best approaches in obtaining top medical care anywhere, anytime. You mind-set must focus on you being in control of your own healthcare.

STRATEGY #1: It’s necessary that you continually educate yourself either about your own medical problems, or at least about the current medical concerns floating around in the media.

The more you learn about your own medical/disease problems the easier it is for your doctor to treat you, explain things to you that you now can understand, follow advice and medication instructions without mistakes because you recognize why the doctor is recommending these things.

You won’t find a medical doctor who will take the time anymore to explain everything to you, cover all you should know, or explain the risks to treatment.

STRATEGY #2: Paying close attention to the various office functions you experience in your doctor’s office gives you a distinct advantage most never pay attention to. As a result it costs more than needed for their care, and involves much more wasted time getting the medical care in the first place. Your way to top health care is paved with how you make these factors work for you.

1. Appointments: Always be sure to schedule your doctor appointments mid-AM or mid-PM in their schedule. Avoid Mon. AM and Fri. PM when the office staff are overwhelmed with calls and problems to solve.

Following this tactic avoids the doctor arriving late to start the morning and afternoon appointments and moving rapidly through the late AM and late PM appointments to get to meetings, hospital rounds, or home.

You will get more time with your doctor, wait less time to see your doctor, avoid rescheduling your appointment which costs you time and money, and find your doctor more willing to listen to you.

2. Organizing your visit: The average appointment with the doctor lasts 8 minutes according to most surveys. Any way you can compress more interactions with the doctor into that time span, the more care you will receive and better care will result.

Suggestions:

* Write down the names of every medication you take, including non-prescription meds, the doses, and how often you take them. Otherwise, the doctor will have to spend time in your visit looking at your medical records instead of treating you. Carry your list with you.
* Do all the disrobing and gowns needed before the doctor gets into the room. Doing all that with the doctor in the room wastes time speaking with the doctor. The nurse should have you do this.
* Make a list of all your medical problems you want the doctor to help you with and take it with you to the appointment. Organize the list in order of priority from top down. It is likely the doctor will get through the top 3 or 4 items.
* Spend every minute focused on your medical problems-no social talk other than a greeting.
* Let your doctor know when you want a second opinion about a special medical issue. Often doctors won’t order a consultation for fear it unveils their personal lack of knowledge or your lack of trust.

Strategy #3: When you are very congenial with the medical office staff, you will discover from that personal first name relationship your care will be managed in a far more extensive and efficient manner than most other patients. They know not only that you appreciate all their help and going out of their way to make your healthcare even better, but also that you are in a position to promote their medical office to other potential patients.

Be aware that the government restricts medical fees doctors charge and their income is decreasing. Medical practices are not doing well financially also because of high malpractice insurance premium charges. Any way you can think of to help them market their medical practice to increase their patient flow will earn you unbelievable rewards in return.

Rewards like:
o Never having to wait for an appointment.
o Prompt response to any medical communication.
o Doctor quickly available to your requests.
o Appointments longer than usual.
o More thorough medical treatment than others receive.

There are innumerable strategies for obtaining top medical care. All you need to do is be aware of opportunities when they present themselves and take advantage of them. The key is be willing to be a giving person and it will return to you one way or another.

The author, Curt Graham, is a medical doctor, marketer, copywriter, author, speaker who has written extensively over his 35 plus years in active medical practice. He is a published author in Modern Physician, and is credited as an expert author by web article directories and self help websites including selfgrowth.com.

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Health Care Reform and Biotech

One of the most affected industries regarding the new health care reform is with biotechnology. One of the many provisions in the new health care reform bill is to reduce the prices of the medical prescriptions charged to Medicare and Medicaid. This will hurt the biotechnology industry because the research for new medication is very expensive and tedious work.

The size of the impact to the biotech industry is beginning to be realized and the health insurance providers are starting to resort to eliminating new medication, in favor of the more traditional medications of years ago. Since it takes time for the pharmaceutical companies to exhaust their patents on new health care medication, the health insurance industry is turning away sooner than what was originally expected.

This will translate into less medical prescriptions for the medical healthcare provider and the individual to choose. Many of the medical health care prescription medications we have on the market today are slowly disappearing as the pharmaceutical demand for them are dwindling by the millions.

The losses to the biotech industry is becoming evident and many of the staff are deciding how much longer they will continue with the companies. The provisions, suppliers, health insurance industry, and supporters are no longer able to offer high finances to continue the funding of current projects.

What will this mean for you and your family members? This will mean the health insurance industry will have more control over what you are able to purchase unless you have the monetary means to pay for a given medical prescription out of pocket. It always comes down to what is affordable and what is not affordable.

Many individuals who suffer with orphan diseases will find they will no longer have access to the medication they so desperately need. The funds are drying up because of the new health care reform bill and the prescription medication for the orphan diseases will dry up. This is because as funding dwindles, the money that remains will be focused on the more popular diseases.

This will sadly leave many individuals with a government-run health insurance policy without the necessary health care they require. How will a medical health care physician have the ability to identify and help a patient with an orphan disease when there is no prescription medication to keep it maintained?

This will leave millions of individuals to be forced to take care of themselves the best they are able and pray for better days in the future yet to develop. How sad for the families with children who need health care treatment. Where will they go? Whom will they turn to?

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Home Health Care – Medication Safety – Important Helpful Information You Need to Know

Home health care is an important part of aging in place or living in your own home environment all of your life.

Medication safety and compliance is the number one concern with an aging loved one and home health care. We all have trouble remembering to take our pills. For the aging, they take multiple medications simultaneously. Aging individuals are prone to forgetfulness, so non-compliance is major concern.

The caregiver can help

If you are a caregiver, there are some steps you can take to improve your loved one’s medication safety. Home health care and medication safety requires education of your aging loved one. It is important to stress taking medications at the proper time to treat their medical condition and avoid complications.

– It is important to make your loved one aware that taking over the counter medications, such as sleeping aids or allergy medicine may be dangerous. It is important to stress that these medications may cause an adverse reaction with their present medication regime.

– It is also important to advise your aging loved one to call the doctor or the pharmacist if they missed a dose or two of a medication. Do not assume that you should return to your original schedule.

– Always talk to your doctor before making any change in your medication routine. It is important that your loved one understand that just because they feel better or they are not experiencing the results they want as quickly as anticipated, they should not increase or decrease a medication.

More Home Health Care and Medication Safety …

The next step is to put a medication system in place. There are multiple medication reminder systems out there to investigate. Depending on your aging loved one’s function and medication regime there are simple written charts to more advanced technologies.

Simple methods are to use a pill box and place it where your loved one can see it. Some need cues or reminders, such as post it notes or pills strategically placed in the bathroom next to a toothbrush. This will be a gentle reminder to your aging loved one to take your pills.

– If there is more than one caregiver dispensing medications for your loved one, it is important to provide a chart that has the name of the medication, time of day that it is to be taken and any special instructions. Provide a sign off or check list for everyone that provides the medications.

– Some of the advanced technologies are so user friendly, from watches that will beep to remind you to take you pills to more advanced systems that will alert you to take your pills, dispense the correct pills, at the right time to your loved one. Some of these systems even notify the caregiver if a dose is missed.

– These advanced medication reminder systems offer peace of mind and comfort for the caregiver even from a long distance.

Home health care and medication safety is an ongoing concern for our aging loved one. Review of the medication system and its effectiveness is an ongoing process. Be aware of any signs of unusual symptoms so that your loved one can be assessed before the problem advances. Make home health care and medication safety a priority for the aging adult you are caring for.

Diane Carbo Registered Nurse has more than thirty five years in the nursing field. Her experience as a geriatric care manager, makes her uniquely qualified to help those who want to live out their lives in their own homes. Diane understands the importance of proper medication management to the health and safety of aging adults. Please visit http://www.aginghomehealthcare.com/managing-medication.html to learn more and sign up for Aging Home Health Care Newlsetter a continuing free resource and receive a complimentary copy of the Home Health Care Planning Guide.

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