Home Care Can Help to Reduce Injuries and Death caused by Medical Errors…

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Posted: 9/3/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, medical errors are among the top causes of death and injury among seniors. There are however ways to lower the risk. Taking an interest in your own healthcare, or hiring a home care professional to oversee the sometimes overwhelming details can make a huge difference and keep you or your loved ones out of trouble.  Below you will find some tips from the Academy on how to stay involved…
  • Inform your doctors about all of your medications, including any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements.
  • Tell your doctors about any allergies.
  • Make sure your doctors have access to all of your important health information.
  • Ask questions about any medication before you start taking it, such as what the medication is for and possible side effects.
  • Make sure you can read the doctor's handwriting on any prescription.
  • Before having any surgery, choose your hospital wisely. Discuss any possible risks with your doctor.
  • Educate yourself about your own health. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions.
If you are confused or overwhelmed by any of this, please don’t let pride stand in your way. Home care professionals are available to help you with this and many other functions of daily life.