Organizing Health Records Tips
Don’t forget to check out the first part of my blog on organizing your health records from February 8th.
In this blog, I’m going to be talking about creating a family health record and end of life health records.
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Creating a family health record
Prepare for an emergency by gathering vital details about health for each person and pet in your family. Create a medical reference file that includes birth date, doctors’ names and phone numbers, and insurance information. Compile a list of current health, allergies (including food), major health problems and surgeries and medical history. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary and herbal supplements, and vitamins and minerals. For each, give the name of the doctor who prescribed it, why you are taking it, how much you take, and any special instructions.
For past medical health, include childbirth history;
immunizations both as a child and adult; health screening results, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, and hearing; cancer screenings, such as Pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopy, and PSA tests; hearing and vision checkups; Medicines you’ve used in the past. If you are an organ donor, I would keep a copy here, too.
Also, include advance directives that outline your decisions about health care. I will provide some general information, but urge you to consult with an attorney and or your health care advisers.
You can create a paper file, or an electronic one if you’re more comfortable with using a source online. Make sure that you can easily access your database as well as any online sources are secure.
End of Life Health Records: More Organizing Health Records Tips
Living wills and advance directives describe your preferences for end-of-life care. These documents speak for you when you’re not able to speak for yourself.
They are written, legal instructions regarding your desires for medical care. Advance directives guide choices for doctors and caregivers if you’re terminally ill, seriously injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life.
By planning ahead, you can choose the medical care you prefer, avoid suffering and unburden caregivers of decision-making during moments of crisis or grief. By being clear, your loved ones can avoid confusion or disagreement. My parents have done this already and I can tell you it has given my brothers and me a great sense of relief. We would always want to honor their wishes and we wont have to do any second-guessing.
Be sure to check out my next two blogs as they will focus on the end of life health care and what you might want to have on hand. Learn tips for easily organizing these documents as well.
How can you organize your family health record? What do you need to do to make this happen? Do you have a living will?
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