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WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SPR ING COMES AROUND Spring-Cleaning Your Health
W hen most people think of spring- cleaning, they think of dusting their baseboards, getting all their useless junk out of the garage, or maybe tidying up their garden. However, what comes to my mind when I think of spring-cleaning are all the ways you can spring-clean your health. Just as spring is a time to look at ways to improve the state of your home, it should also be a time to consider how you can improve your health. Spring-cleaning your health is something we recommend for both our patients and their families. Some ways you can do this are scheduling your annual physical, reviewing your medications, and following up on any tests or screenings you had scheduled. Your family can help you do this, and we at BrightStar Care have the resources and staff to make sure that those processes go smoothly. If a family member wants to help a loved one manage his or her medications, we have a list of helpful tips on our website (www.brightstarcare.com/central-dupage- wheaton/blog/medication-management- for-seniors) along with a free medication chart that they can use. You’ll want to keep a list of all medications, dosages, and times. Keep in mind that some over-the-counter medications could interfere with prescription meds. Talk to your loved one’s primary care physician about their medications and find out if they see any potential issues. You will also want to store their medications in a cool, dry place.
While it is great if you have the freedom to take care of a loved one this way, not
everyone has that freedom. BrightStar Care has plenty of caregivers and professionals to not only handle medication management, but other medical
needs too. Spring is in full swing, and if you want to get out for just a weekend or an extended vacation, we can help. Our care
pros can take your loved one to their doctor's appointment, ensure prescriptions are fufilled, and perform medication reminders or wellness checks on your behalf.
ULTIMATELY, OUR GOAL IS NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THAT OUR CLIENTS GET THE CARE THEY NEED, BUT ALSO THAT THEIR FAMILIES GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. SPRING-CLEANING YOUR HEALTH IS NOT JUST FOR YOUR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBER; IT’S ALSO FOR YOU.”
Ultimately, our goal is not only to ensure that our clients get the care they need, but also that their families get the support they need. Spring-cleaning your health is not just for your elderly family member; it’s also for you. If you want to form healthier habits by eating more fruits and vegetables, trying a new outdoor activity, or just spending time outside, we think you should have the freedom to do that. This spring, BrightStar Care is here to give you peace of mind. Know that you can pursue your own health spring-cleaning because we have your family member’s spring-cleaning under control.
—Diane Thorson irector of Nursing & Compliance
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