Health passports for disabled


The Health and Disability Commissioner is trialling “health passports” for disabled people that tell health professionals about their needs and issues.

I hope it succeeds for the sake of the disabled people and their caregivers.

Our son Dan had multi-disabilities and couldn’t communicate which made him totally dependent. I wrote an account of what he needed and when he needed it which went everywhere with him. It saved a lot of time on his many admissions to hospital, helped family and friends who used to look after him to give us a break and meant if something happened to me there was an up to date record for whoever took over his care.

The passport would be a more formal record which would be helpful to health professionals and make it easier to give continuity of care to people with disabilities.

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