03 May Triage Life: Dealing with Documents
Dealing with the large amount of paperwork that accompanies medical treatment can be overwhelming. A cancer diagnosis introduces a steady stream of new documents, such as medical bills and prescriptions, in addition to the normal mail you get and paper that piles up in your home during everyday life. So, it is very common for medical treatment to create situational disorganization- disorganization is one’s day to day life that is brought upon by a major life event, such as a cancer diagnosis.
To address this issue, Triage Cancer hosted a webinar featuring Sara Skillen, CPO and owner of SkillSet Organizing, to discuss practical and achievable ways to keep medical paperwork organized and under control. Here are several resources presented in the webinar that help minimize paperwork-related stress when facing a cancer diagnosis:
Say Goodbye to Junk Mail
- DMAChoice is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help people manage mail. Through this website, you can request to stop receiving entire categories of mail, such as catalogs or credit offers, or you can unsubscribe from individual companies.
- PaperKarma is an app that helps you eliminate unwanted paper mail with your smartphone. Simply take a picture of the unwanted mail through the app and you will be unsubscribed from the mailing list.
Keep it Together
- The Lifebook is a comprehensive toolkit for those facing a serious medical diagnosis. The 3-ring binder features 16 tabbed sections for information such as lab reports and prescriptions, a 12-month appointment calendar, a business card holder, blank pages for notes, and much more.
- LifeWrap is another resource that helps patients sort and store various medical information. In addition to a physical filing system, LifeWrap also provides a feature that allows users to make a digital replica of their information to store on their computer.
These are just a few of the great tips Sara presented during the webinar on how to reduce paper clutter when dealing with a major life event.