Whether you are the patient, loving family member or dear friend, dealing with a serious medical condition is overwhelming and stressful. Because it’s hard, and scary, it’s tempting to bury your head in the sand. However, you absolutely cannot just sit back and let others manage your care. Importantly, you must be the master of your journey to get the best care possible. But that is easier said than done. What can help make managing healthcare easier? The ZaggoCare System – the most helpful gift for patients and families.
Life changes dramatically.
Your life turns upside down as you cope with an illness or injury, for yourself or a loved one. There are medical terms to learn, treatment decisions to make, medications to keep track of, and countless other tasks needed to manage health and healthcare. Of course, you must manage the rest of your life as well – your job, your family, your home.
Why is patient engagement so important?
How well you manage your health and healthcare has a real impact on your outcome. Improved communications and engagements lead to better healthcare and better outcomes. Definitely worth the effort!
Studies show that effective patient-doctor communication leads to better adherence of treatment plans, better medical decisions, and better outcomes. Additionally, research shows that “engaged” patients have better care coordination and a reduced risk of being a victim of a medical error.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
Most patients and families can barely understand, never mind process, the information presented. Research shows that 40-80% of what patients hear in doctors’ offices is forgotten immediately — and even when information is remembered, almost 50% is remembered incorrectly.
What makes all of this even harder? Time-limited medical appointments.
How can this impact you? Without clear understanding of medical information, patients are more likely to skip medical tests, go to the ER more often, and have difficulty managing chronic illness.
My son’s cancer led me to start Zaggo.
I know how stressful and difficult it is to deal with a serious illness. My son Zach was 19 when he died after a 27-month battle with a terminal brain tumor.
While I was devastated by Zach’s death, I knew I had to help others. My experience as Zach’s caregiver taught me that managing a serious illness or injury is hard work for which no one is prepared. After Zach died, I wanted to help others navigate the medical world. The more I learned, the more I realized that the struggle is greater and bigger than I even imagined. I founded a non-profit called Zaggo to help others be more empowered, engaged, effective members of their medical teams.
Watch this video to learn more about Zach and our journey:
The ZaggoCare System to the rescue.
Knowing how hard it is to manage a serious medical condition, I decided to create a product to give patients and families the information and tools needed to get the best care and outcome possible. The ZaggoCare System was born.
The central element of the System is the 120-page ZaggoCare Guide, filled with easy-to-follow practical information. Because it’s so important to stay organized and to have all of your information and documents at your fingertips, the System includes a notebook and an accordion file. And it all comes in a roomy tote bag – with ample room for your personal belongings to make long waits more bearable. Just grab it and go! It’s everything patients and families need to navigate the medical world.
There is no other product like it. And it’s only $80 – about what it would cost to buy a tote bag, file folder and notebook – and you get 120 pages of priceless advice. Plus, you can feel good about the purchase because 100% of profits go to pediatric brain tumor research in Zach’s memory.
What kind of help does the ZaggoCare System provide?
ZaggoCare helps patients and family caregivers at every stage of the medical journey, including help with:
- Receiving a proper diagnosis, including understanding the importance of a 2nd, or even 3rd, opinion
- Understanding treatment options and making informed decisions
- Adhering to medication and treatment regimens
- Coordinating care among all members of their medical team
- Managing social, emotional and life issues
What kind of medical conditions can ZaggoCare help with?
The ZaggoCare System is valuable to patients and families dealing with a medical condition that requires medication, testing and/or multiple doctor appointments. Although there are countless illnesses and injuries that can be managed more easily with ZaggoCare, here are some examples:
- Crohn’s and Colitis
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Because Zaggo donates all profits to the Zachary Carson Brain Tumor Fund for pediatric brain tumor research, it’s a purchase you can feel good about. And it’s the most helpful gift for patients and families.