Whose Team are You on?

February 3, 2011

Part 2 of 4 Part Video Series: Patient-Doctor Communication

Do you know the quarterback? Or, who’s in charge of the medical care team taking care of your mom?

That’s right!   There’s a whole team involved in the care of your senior parent and the family practitioner may be calling the plays…but there’s a whole squad of players involved in your senior’s healthcare.

When developing a patient-doctor communication plan, it’s important to look at all the players  —  from the many specialists, physical therapists,  pharmacists, acupunturists, and family caregivers.

Below is a video series on patient-doctor communication, a topic that is important to everyone, but especially to our senior population.  We hope that you’ll view the video as it highlights a few key reasons to develop good patient-doctor communication in order to:

  1. Avoid repeat visits from improper patient follow through on medical directions.
  2. Avoid medication errors through improper use of prescriptions or confusing instructions.
  3. Properly follow doctor’s instructions with a clear understanding of outcome.
  4. Maintain senior independence through proper health care.

Your thoughts are important to us we hope that you will share any tips that you use when developing a communications plan with your senior’s healthcare team. Please share your ideas on our Caregiver Forum.

Alisa Meredith, Writer

Guest writer Alisa Meredith is a blogger and social media professional with Scalable Social Media. Every once in a while, someone at Home Instead does something that compels her to stop Tweeting and write something real! This is one of those times.

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