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Hiring a Senior Caregiver? Some Questions to Ask!

The last conversation you had with your dad, he seemed out of sorts, distracted and perhaps a little touchy when you asked him what he was eating these days. It triggered the thought in your mind that perhaps you should pop in and check on him this week but with the kids soccer game this week and finals in the course you’re taking, you’re not sure when.

It might be time to consider hiring someone to help you out.

Whilst you are compiling your list of people to interview to help you out, it’s important to be prepared with a list of questions you need to ask them. To help with this, we have provided some ideas below:

Standard caregiver questions

  • What are your rates? What about overtime?
  • What time off do you expect to receive?
  • How many hours a week are you available?
  • Do you have any certifications, such as CPR or First Aid?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have a completed background check or do you object to undergoing one?

Questions referring to your senior loved ones’ needs

  • If errands and driving to appointments are required – do you have a driver’s license? Do you have a car or are you comfortable someone else’s car?
  • Do you have experience with x,y,z health conditions (outline the conditions / issues your parent currently suffers from)?
  • Are you comfortable managing medication?
  • How do you feel about helping with pets?

Questions specific to your preferences

  • We need you to let us know about any guests that you want to have over at the house at any time, beforehand. Is that an issue for you?
  • We expect you to let us know if he/she is giving you gifts or bonuses. Is that an issue?
  • We expect you to sign a contract with a confidentiality clause, basically clarifying that you won’t discuss his/her condition with anyone unless expressly asked to, such as at a doctor’s appointment. Is this an issue?

 

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The Pill App with Reminder MedOClock adds French and Spanish Languages.

MedOClockTM is proud to announce our newly launched a French and a Spanish language version of its free app.

Version 1.18.03 of the MedOClockTM app is currently available for the IOS mobile operating system and now supports English, French and Spanish

MedOClockTM’s mobile features include a full user profile, a medication plan with alerts, a Med Friend option and a user-profile share platform.

The MedOClockTM IOS app version 1.18.03 is free and the Pro version $3,99. Both versions are available for download through the App Store http://apple.co/2aLbRxJ

For more information, please visit our website www.medoclock.com or contact us via email at info@medoclock.com.

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MedOClock for Caregivers

MedOClock was created and launched in 2012 by Julie Magnan. It all started with a simple visit to the dentist with her father who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. At the start of the appointment, the receptionist asked if his medication has changed since the last visit. Having forgotten the notebook at home where all the important details were written down, they were not able to provide accurate information and had to go back and reschedule the treatment.

We can only imagine that as a caregiver, you might have to deal with similar situations, multiple times per day or per week depending on the number of persons in your care. Having to reschedule appointments simply because of a notebook left at home can be quite troublesome, especially for patients for whom getting around is challenging.

Photos optimisees pour site MOC 18With MedOClock, you can eliminate the worry that vital information is forgotten. You can install the application on each of your patient’s mobile phone, and sync it with your phone or tablet. That way, no matter where your day takes you, you have all the important information you need for every single one of your patients in the palm of your hand.
Other than having an updated list of medication for your patients, MedOClock allows caregivers to enjoy the following functions:

  • image1Add as many users as the number of patients you have, and set pill reminders specific to each person from a single app and update medication changes from your main app.
  • Track whether the patient has taken their medication from your device.
  • Email the list of medication of any of your patient to the right healthcare provider or with a family member.
  • Have an image of your patient’s health care ID in case they forget to bring them at their appointment.
  • Have all the contact information of the health care providers you often visit.
  • Create an emergency contact in each of your patient’s device so that they can give you a call when they need help with a simple click of a button.
  • Allow your patients to write notes with any questions they may have for you so that you can address all their concerns during your visit.

The MedOClock team also offers the options to personalize your app depending on your specific need and those of your business. Get in touch with us to see how we can make your day simpler with our pill reminder app.

I’m leaving on a trip, and in my suitcase I pack… MedOClock!

Do you know the children’s game “In my suitcase I pack…” ?

It’s a memory game that asks you to remember everything that was said before it’s your turn. On your turn, you say the famous phrase, repeat the item that were already mentioned, and then you must add an item of your own. It’s keep going until a person is no longer able to remember all the items. The winner is the last person who is able to remember, by memory, the entire list created by the previous players.

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In everyday life, when you lack of time or preparation, it’s easy to prepare for a trip using a mental list of items to take, as you do in the children’s games. However, the risk of forgetting important things like your medication is much higher if you have not taken the time to make a list to remind you of all the elements to add to your suitcase.

Using MedOClock when you travel, you just have to see your full medication list from your mobile application to make sure you don’t forget to take any necessary medication when it comes to storing your toiletries.

Also, by bringing MedOClock with you, you’ll receive your pill reminders at the right time, which is especially useful when you’re traveling and too busy having fun, or when the time differences requires an adjustment for the hour at which you normally take your medication.

Finally, if you miss one of your very important medication and only realise it once at your destination, you can consult a doctor or a pharmacist and simply show them, or send them by email your complete list of drugs so that they can allow you to obtain the right prescription.

Once again, MedOClock comes to the rescue. This time, it helps you organise your medications for a great start to your trip so you can spend more time enjoying your travels instead of worrying about your health. Simply download the FREE app via iTunes or the Google Play Store.

Bon Voyage!

2015 Trends: Healthy Changes to Your Diet

Over two thousand years, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine! “ Although today’s modern medicine means that we have developed drugs that can treat diseases that were incurable at the time of Hippocrates, it still remains important to think about the food we eat as a source of energy and well-being for our bodies.

A change of diet to create healthier habits seems to be one of the most important concerns for the health of people, globally. The latest version of the Nielsen Global Survey (Q3, 2014) shows that while several people set a goal to lose weight this year, many hope to reach that goal simply by changing their diet (75%) compared to those who wish to use drugs to help them lose weight (7%) or medication prescribed by the doctor (11%).

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For those who take drugs, it will be important to take them as prescribe, meaning at the right time and at the right frequency to have the desired effect. If you are part of that category, don’t forget to add your new medications your pill reminder list on your MedOClock application.

For those who are part of the majority who wishes to change their diet, you can also use the application to give you a helping hand. For example, add some reminders for each portion of fruit and vegetable you need each day to help you meet your daily requirements and eat at the right times instead of just snacking when you feel like doing something, especially if you’re used to snacking when you’re bored or when you need to get an energy boost in the late afternoon.

The most common changes in diets that people wish to make according to the Nielsen Global Survey include:

  • Avoid foods that contain artificial colours and flavours
  • Prioritise meals and snacks made mainly of fruits and vegetables
  • Look for foods high in protein, and whole grains
  • Seek foods high in calcium, vitamins and minerals
  • Reduce their intake of cholesterol, salt, sugar and fat
  • Avoid foods containing corn syrup, caffeine and gluten
  • Buy local and organic products

Note that these changes are simply the new habits that the survey respondents want to create for the next year. Before making changes to your diet, it is advisable to consult your doctor to make sure you start on the right foot and follow recommendations that will be beneficial to your health.

What food habit are important to you? Will you make changes to your diet in 2015?

MedOClock is so easy to use, even your kids can do it!

Photos optimisees pour site MOC 12That’s right! MedOClock is so easy to use, even your own children can learn to use it to take control of their medication and for other important health reminders.

As a parent, your life is already very busy and you have hundreds of things to remember to do every day. Wake up, get the kids ready, don’t forget the lunch, sign that permission slip, bring them to school, and so on. Add medication reminders to that and it’s just one more thing that can get lost in the chaos of your family life. MedOClock is there to help you worry a little but less about pill reminders by making it easy for you to set-up notifications for health-related reminders for you and your whole family.

When your child needs to take medication during the day time and you can’t always be there to make sure it happens correctly, MedOClock can help. Simply install it on an iPod, an iPhone or an Android device that your child or his carer is allow to carry with them. Then, you’ll simply need to set-up the correct reminder alerts and show them how to “tick off” the correct medication once they’ve taken their pill. That’s all!

This means less worry for you when you child is away at school, at a friend’s house, or even away for a few days. You can then use your own app on your own device to check if they have taken their medication. That way, there’s also no need to pester your child or worry and call his carers to see if he did or didn’t take his medication.

Letting your child take care if his own MedOClock reminders also means that you can teach him how to manage his own medications by getting correct reminder alerts when it needs to be taken.

Not only can you add reminder for pills but you can also add reminders for things such as diabetes blood testing and injections, or simpler things like brushing their teeth. Learn how to set-up these times of reminders here.

Also, by setting up an emergency contact in your child’s MedOClock, you can make it easy in case of emergency for your child to get in touch with the right person. A carer, or an occasional babysitter may not necessarily know who to contact other than a parents, and the application allows you to add the right medical contact in case of emergency.

All you need to do is to download MedOClock on your child’s device from the Apple Store or Google Play, then set-up the correct reminders and that’s it. One less thing to worry about leaving you with much more time to enjoy your family life.

Use MedOClock for lasting resolutions

15524793994_0395c2a017_oDid you take healthy resolutions for the new year? And are they still working or do you need a helping hand?

MedOClock can help you keep the promises you made yourself by sending you regular reminders for the new habits you are trying to create. For example, instead of adding a medication reminder, you can insert a reminder for a new habit such as taking a walk or a break for some relaxing meditation.

To know how to add this type of reminder to your app, simply read “MedOClock: Beyond Medication Reminders”.

We’d like to know, what are your new year’s resolutions for 2015?

The importance of keeping your medication list up to date

image2Once you have used MedOClock for some time, it can be easy to forget to update your list of medications. An erroneous list of drugs or faulty reminders can lead to some serious health problems.

Taking the wrong dose of medicine, or at an incorrect frequency can have a major impact on your health. Some drugs have very specific instructions to ensure better efficiency and to minimise some side effects.

Also, if you use MedOClock to send your list of medication to health professionals, you must be sure it is complete and updated. This information enables health professionals to give you the most appropriate treatment in addition to ensuring that there will be no adverse effect related to your list of current medications.

Whenever you have a new appointment, take the time to update your list of medications to avoid these problems by following these simple guidelines:

  • From the main menu, select “My Med Clock” and then “Add”. Click the next “Add” button that is next to the name of the user concerned.
  • Next to the drug in question, you will see a “Add” button. Click on it and select “Edit” to update the information. Do not forget to click “Add” once the updated information to save the new information.
  • If you stop taking medication, you can simply select “Delete” instead of the “Edit” button.

Never forget a medical appointment again!

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Also, information specific to your appointment such as the place, the name of the doctor or even important details including those of fast or to take a sample with you will be all included.

If you never want to forget an appointment again, follow these simple steps:

  • From the main menu, select “Med Appointments”, then click “Add”.
  • You will be asked to indicate the doctor’s name, the date of appointments, your notes and the user for whom the appointment is for.
  • To add the name of the doctor, you need to add their full details or select it from your ” Med Contacts” list
  • In the information field called “Notes”, you can add special instructions such as “fast for 12 hours prior the appointment” or to add important questions you may want to ask the health professional that you are about to meet.
  • Once all the information is added, click “Save” and your appointment will be added to your list of reminders.

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