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Extended Caregiving

Appointments & Meds Help

Getting Proper Medical Attention and Medication is Critical 

We help with appointments and ensure prescriptions and doses are set up.

Missing appointments is costly, especially to our loved ones.  Studies have linked missed appointments to early death. Read about one study here. 

People with long term mental health issues are particularly at risk. In a study at the University of Glasgow, they found that these people had an eight times greater risk of death than those with physical conditions. It’s possible your loved one has missed some important appointments and is becoming more at risk. It would be easy to assume that one would go to a doctor’s appointment because it can improve their health. Sometimes that isn’t the case. 

It can be more complex than just arranging transportation or assuming your loved one is going to the appointments in the calendar.

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Here are some reasons appointments get missed.

  • Patients forget. The appointments may be booked months in advance and it may not even make it onto the calendar.

  • Patients don’t want to come.  They may not feel up to it on the day it’s booked, or they may not want to face the health issues they know are going to be pointed out or discussed. They may be afraid. They may be in denial of their aging or their poor health conditions.

  • Patients don’t have transportation. This is a major issue in Ontario and the shortage is felt by many. Transportation is simply critical.

  • Patients or caregivers have to work and can’t get time off. Many caregivers already take time off for their children, and then have no extra time to take their older parents.

  • Depression and anxiety make it very difficult to leave the house. This becomes especially difficult if the patient has no one to support them or encourage them.
  • Patients don’t get reminders. may not have the knowledge or access to the technology for appointment reminders.  Processes have changed a great deal and it may be difficult to adjust after doing things a particular way for many years.

  • Patients fear lengthy wait times. Waiting can be very uncomfortable for people who are in pain, and they may have bad memories from the past.

  • Patients get mixed up and caregivers are unaware. Mixing updates, times, and locations happen to the best of us. It also requires using check-in software for COVID checks and some places only book online or through email. It’s a challenge to stay on top of all change and some simply give up.

  • It is simply a miserable time.   They dread it rather than looking forward to it, and they want to enjoy life! 

The Challenges of Multiple Medications

Here are the top medications taken in ages 24-79 according to Stats Canada:

Lipid-lowering agents, ACE-inhibitors, peptic-ulcer and acid-reducers, beta-blockers (men), other analgesics and antipyretics (men), anti-depressants (women), and thyroid medication (women). A person can have up to 10 different medications or more! It’s complicated. 

How to Avoid Medication Mistakes

Medications must be taken at certain times, with or without food, avoiding certain foods, and may not be taken with other medications.  Some may not be accepted well by the body and the patient may need to be re-prescribed a new medication. Patients need to be observed when they begin some medications or make med changes.  Organizing and scheduling medication often falls on the caregiver, who may already be overworked and overwhelmed, and may not be up for the attention to detail, phone calls to pharmacists, and other tasks related to dispensing meds. Often the details must be checked and double-checked because a mistake could be critical. 

If you don’t live nearby or don’t have enough time – It’s ok.  We can step in as an extended support person.

We can implement processes to ensure the meds are taken at the right time, the right dose with the right instructions. That gives peace of mind. 

We can take the negativity out of appointments and meds. 

If your loved one has to suffer through a lot of appointments, why not add some fun to it by allowing a friendly, warm, funny partner to drive, attend, and get meds set up. The warmth of a friendly visitor (and outings partner) can actually make the experience positive, even one that your loved one looks forward to. 

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There are a few reasons we are called Bridge n Brighten. Here’s one. 

 

We help build plans to get you to and from the appointment, log the info for caregivers, and bring some fun or warmth to the experience.

Changing the experience from a dreaded one to a fun-filled outing, or a warm supportive outing can boost emotions, help to heal, and make life more enjoyable. 

Here’s how we can help:

  • Assistance in obtaining medications and organizing them for safe administering.
  • Medical logging and communication with caregivers and others (with permission, upon request only)
  • Accompaniment to cancer or other treatments, including going inside (when possible) to support, and taking notes to share with a caregiver.
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