Spotlight on communication

Be the caregiver who talks with the doctors

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Don’t be shy, keep the whole healthcare team in the know

There’s a good chance that the person you care for sees more than one doctor. So, your loved one may be taking a regular medicine, or more than one.

For help managing multiple medicines, speak with every healthcare provider who treats your loved one and might write a prescription. Each needs to know what other medicines your loved one takes and why, along with their scheduling.

That’s because medicines may interact with each other, possibly reducing effectiveness or increasing health risk. The pharmacist is also a vital link in this chain and can answer any questions about the differences between generic and brand-name medicines, and/or how food can affect them.

Open the lines of communication with everyone who treats your loved one. That could include emergency room personnel, the staff handling a hospital-to-rehab move, and those who manage the transition home.

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