Keep Your Own Medical Records

When you are under the pressure of having a medical ailment and talking to your doctor about your past, it can be hard to remember important details about your medical history. You may leave the appointment only to later think of something you should have mentioned. To avoid a situation like this, it helps to keep your own medical records.

The key is to put your documents together before you need them. When you or a loved one needs medical attention, you may not have the time or the resources to gather health information. So, it’s important that, before an emergency, you have a Medical Life List on hand for you and for each of your loved ones. In a nutshell, your Medical Life List is your own personal medical record created by you and updated by you. In this video, I help you get started.

After you watch the video, you can download your own Medical Life List template in my free toolkit.

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Considerations for Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

Years ago, my father underwent surgery that caused him to be unable to live independently. The process of finding him an assisted living facility took a lot of work, communication, and coordination. One of the things I learned in this process is that there is no one right answer for everyone. The “right” facility will depend on factors that are specific to your loved one. That’s why I created some videos to help people in this situation consider much more than the obvious questions of location and cost. Here is part 1. I will share part 2 in a future post.

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Avoid the Hospital Emergency Room Wait

The emergency room is often how people enter the hospital. Something is wrong, so they go to the emergency room, where they may be treated and released or may be admitted to the hospital. But, if your problem isn’t life threatening, you may wait for hours in the ER.

If you need hospital treatment for an ongoing condition, such as congestive heart failure or diabetes, but don’t need emergency care, call your doctor. You can work with your doctor to be admitted to the hospital directly, thereby avoiding the long wait in the ER and potentially saving time and money.

As obvious as it may sound, the ER is designed for emergencies. Every patient is evaluated and cared for in the order of urgency and severity. If your ongoing problem isn’t life threatening, you could be waiting a long time for attention.

If you have a doctor who regularly sees you for your healthcare needs, it’s much better to have that doctor determine what you need and when you should be hospitalized because they know your medical history.

The way to avoid wasting time in the emergency room is to talk to your doctor ahead of time.

Ask your doctor:

  1. What hospital does your doctor use?
  2. Does that hospital have a direct admit policy?
  3. If your doctor thinks you should be in the hospital, will he or she write an order to have you directly admitted to a room?
  4. What days of the week and times of day does the hospital accept direct admissions?

Having this discussion with your doctor in advance will save you the time and expense of having to sit in the emergency room for hours waiting to be admitted to the hospital.

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