Making Caregiving Easier with the Henry Ford Caregivers Binder

Making Caregiving Easier with the Henry Ford Caregivers Binder


Hello. I’m Shawn Bennis, coordinator of Henry Ford Health Systems
Care Program for family caregivers. We know caregiving is a challenge, so the care program staff here at Henry
Ford designed the caregiver binder to help make caregiving easier
for you. The caregiver. We worked with physicians, pharmacists,
nurses, physical therapists, and the group of patient advisers to
design a binder that is effective for the whole care team. Take your
binder to doctor appointments, physical therapy, the hospital anywhere you might need
information about the person you care for. Now let’s take a look at the binder. The very first page is four essential
information about the patient name, medical record number and
insurance information. You can get the medical record number
from a document like an after visit summary from an emergency room visit, doctors appointment or hospital stay.
It is also usually on doctor bills. Look on the patient’s insurance
cards for their information. Next for some tips for how to use
the binder, a table of contents, and then the calendar pages. You can
print the calendar on our website, Henry ford.com forward
slash family caregivers. Scroll down near the bottom of the
page and click on the gray tab. Binder refills. If you need assistance, give us a call at (313) 874-4838. Now there are eight sections
with tabs in the binder. Each tab is actually a pocket folder
for anything you want to Tuck in that section. The First Section, important contacts is where you can keep
the doctor’s phone number and contact information for everyone
on the patient’s care team. This is very helpful if anyone needs to
reach the doctor or another caregiver. There’s also a very handy plastic
sleeve where you can put business cards, anything from doctors and home
care services to pet sitters. The next section is
health history and labs. The first page is the
patient medical history form. This information is great to give a new
doctor or a new caregiver or in case of a trip to the emergency department. If you need to take your loved
one to the emergency room. Don’t forget to grab the binder. The next page in this section is a
plastic sleeve to keep lab results. Print them from Henry Ford. My
chart or other health providers. If you need help with my chart, there’s a phone number in
there that you can call. The next tab is medications. We’ve put another plastic sleeve here
where you can put a list of all the patient’s medications. Don’t forget to
update the list when medications change. There are several charts in this
section which we will review. You may need to use all the charts, but
they are there for you if you need them. The first chart is the
medication tracking chart. Put the name of the
medication in the first box, fill in the rest of the information and
use this chart to write down when the patient received the medication.
There is an example to help you. The next page is the daily irregular
medication list. This is for medication. The person takes regularly every day
along with information about how much, how often to take it and what
it is. For the next page. You can keep track of as needed.
Medications like cold medicine, pain relievers, antacids, the occasional non daily medications
the patient might take if you order medications for your loved one.
The next page will save you time. When you need a refill. You can keep track of how and when to
order it and how much it costs and who prescribed it. The next pages in this section have
some good information to review about medications and how to dispose of
them when you don’t need them anymore. Let’s move on to the next tab. Charts. These charts will help you and the
patient’s care team keep track of blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and steps. Walking is a great exercise.
The last page is a blank chart. Use it for anything you
need to keep track of. Some caregivers use it for bathing
and personal care, sleep or symptoms. It has lots of uses. The next tab is resources and
it’s an important one for you. The caregiver caregivers need to have
backup and other people who can help out. You’ll notice we’ve put a card about
our support groups for caregivers in the packet. These groups are free
and meet in many locations. We’ve included a directory of resources
that Henry Ford offers that are especially helpful for caregivers. This next section is called Q and a. Because caregivers need to ask a lot of
questions and they have a lot of answers to remember. This section will help you remember
what to ask and what the answer was. Use the questions for the
Dr. Page to keep track. We also included some
examples of questions you
might think about asking your doctor or other members of
the patient’s care team. The next page is for patients
to document their health goals. Whatever that goal is to be
able to play with grandchildren. Take a yoga class or lose weight, your loved one can write it here and
then talk to the doctor about how to meet that goal. The next section
is advanced directives. This is a form that allows a person to
write down the type of medical care most important to them and to
name their patient advocate. You can also put a durable
power of attorney for
healthcare guardianship papers and organ donation
instruction. In this section, use the packet folder or better I handy
three hole punch for these kinds of papers. Finally, the last tab
is for a make your own section. Everyone has unique needs. If
your loved one has a pacemaker, discharge instructions from the
hospital or disability paperwork, put them here. You can use it for anything
that doesn’t fit in another section, but you want to keep in case
you need it later. Again, a three hole punch is a great way to
put these in the binder. That’s it. I hope this has helped you discover how
the binder can be a great tool to use as you care for your loved one. Keep
this binder with your loved one, so in case of emergency and to help
different caregivers communicate, it will be right there. Also, don’t forget to take the binder
to doctor’s appointments. You’ll have everything
you need all in one place. If you need refills of any of
the charts, go to our website, Henry ford.com forward
slash family caregivers. Scroll down near the bottom of the
page and click on the gray tab. Binder refills. You can print as many as you need and if
you have any questions about using the binder or if you don’t
have a binder in need. One call us at (313) 874-4838 or
email caregiver resources at h f h s. Dot. Org. So on behalf of the entire Henry
Ford Health System Care Program team, thank you for joining me today. We hope the binder helps
make caregiving easier.

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