Health Care

Health Care Management is a major responsibility of caregivers. This involves establishing relationships with the professionals involved in our parents' care and coordinating information among all these individuals. It can be an overwhelming and frustrating task.
Often the role of caregiver is thrust upon us in crisis. The health care and social services systems may be totally unfamiliar to us.
Looking back, here are just two of the things I wish I’d done differently.
  1. I wish I’d called Central Intake Line (982-0140) of the WRHA Rehabilitation & Geriatrics Program. I wish I’d asked to meet with someone who could give me advice on how to proceed; someone who could connect me with services to support and assess my parent’s needs.
  2. I wish I’d have made sure the family doctor had a current list of all my parent’s prescriptions.

 General Health Resources
Guide to Manitoba Health Services - What health services are available to you in Manitoba?
Mayo Clinic: Caregivers The Mayo Clinic is a must see site. Comprehensive, clear information on diseases and conditions and medications. Read the sections under Caregivers: Aging Parents.
U. of M. Centre on Aging Resources List – the Centre of Aging site includes valuable links, articles and research on aging in our province.
Health Care Professionals
Privacy Laws | PHIA |FIPPA | Manitoba Health Legislation
It's Okay To Ask (Doctors and Pharmacists) an excellent guide on talking to your health professionals from the Health Quality Council of Alberta. The Symptom Tracker is a plus.
Pill Identification Wizard. Use this site’s pictures to identify prescription drugs.
Local Hospitals and Clinics

Alzheimer /Dementia


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  3. Anonymous9:16 AM

    I became involved in my mother's care in 2009. One thing I did right was to start keeping a Medical Diary of her visits to various doctors. The diary entries were very very brief but included date of visit, name of doctor, reason for visit, prescription issued and why, prescriptions cancelled and why. I also had similar journal entries for her visits to the emergency room and a stay in hospital.

    I also maintained a list of her prescriptions, dosage and why she was taking the prescription.

    I took a printout of the Medical Diary and Prescription List to every visit to a doctor or to the hospital. They were much appreciated by the doctors. At one point my mother was taking 12 prescriptions and in the space of about 5 months she had been seen about a dozen different doctors.

    Just this past week I had to refer back to my diary entries for 2009 to prepare a list of prescriptions that had caused hallucinations.

  4. In Manitoba there is an excellent Medication Card to track prescriptions put out by the Manitoba Institute of Patient Safety. It can be downloaded at It is also included in the E.R.I.K kits available from the Manitoba Senior Resource Councils.