Many older adults are dealing with diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or emphysema, bowel or bladder problems, heart disease, stroke or cancer. As a caregiver, it is important to ensure that your elder is getting the treatment and medication they need to manage these illnesses. Setting up a system that ensures proper, reliable taking of medication and regular visits to the doctor is a priority. Other physical changes, like vision or hearing problems, excessive weight loss, or loss of mobility, as well as psychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety or agitation also need to be checked by a family doctor. In case of an emergency, a caretaker will need to have a medical history, a list of current medications and contact information for all the health care professionals involved with your elder's health care. For more information on treatment and resources for various medical conditions, please refer to the following sites:
BC EFAP Client Access for immediate and confidential assistance 24/7.
BC lower mainland 604.732.6933 toll free 1.800.667.0993 french toll free 1.800.561.1128 TTY 1.888.234.0414
If you are in crisis, direct telephone access to EFAP professional counsellors for crisis counselling and immediate assistance is available and accessible from anywhere in North America, 24/7/365 toll free by calling the number at the top of the screen.