More Womens Preventive Care Covered

We’ve spent a lot of time on some of the most used data like the medication list, provider list, and other “current state” information.  By “current state” I’m referring to information which is primarily valuable for it’s current data values.  For example, when you are caring for aging parents it may be of some very slight interest which doctors your parents went to 3 years ago, but the current doctors are far more important.  The same would be true in medication management.  It’s the current prescriptions and treatment plans that are most relevant.

However, 10 of the 17 dimensions deal with “longitudinal data”.  That is, data that should be measured over time.  If you are primary caregiver it is very easy to miss major changes because they happen incrementally.

It’s just like watching children grow up.  Parents, who see their kids every day, know they’re growing, but its the Aunt from across the country who’s stunned by how much they’ve grown each Thanksgiving.  Parents can get a sense of this themselves by looking at pictures.  So it is with eldercare.  The people closest to the situation need to take an actual “snapshot” of the key data items and periodically look at those for problem areas.

My Health Care Manager does this through the use of a formal assessment.  At least annually and at every major health event key areas like Activities of Daily Living, Socialization, and Cognitive Skills should be assessed, scored, and tracked.