When multiple caregivers assist in care recipient’s cr’s care clear communication about medications is important if new medication such as an antibiotic is started a shared written record might reduce mistakes related to taking it

Try: #tape the descriptions of every medication the cr takes to the inside of the spiral-bound notebook and ask all caregivers to read the descriptions #make a medication schedule and paste it onto the first page s of the notebook update it as needed by pasting new schedules on top of it #keep the notebook in a central location near the cr’s medications make sure pens are near #encourage the cr to use the notebook as a daily health journal dating an entry daily and logging when and what medications are taken each day if the cr is not capable of doing this teach the caregivers to keep this log and to put their initials after each entry they make in it #teach every caregiver to check the health journal upon arriving to help and review all the entries made in the journal since the last time the caregiver was on duty #the caregivers should note any unusual health observations or concerns in the journal #it is especially important to make sure antibiotics are taken on schedule and for the full course of treatment prescribed by the doctor #the person coordinating the caregivers whether a case manager or family member should check the journal regularly and instruct all caregivers about when to contact a case manager family member emergency service provider or doctor

Materials: Small spiral-bound notebook pens pharmacy-generated list of cr’s medications and their side effects person to coordinate the caregivers

Categories: Caregiver Needs&Support, Medical Physical, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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