ARTICLES / Caregiver /
Power Caregiving /
By Mary Z. McGrath, Ph.D.
Know that your questions and concerns
are important and welcome by healthcare
facilities. Routinely ask to review your loved oneís
current care plan and seek accountability for its
application. Post a sign in your family memberís
or friendís room stating your requests. You can gently
remind health professionals by posting a simple message
about how a special drinking cup enhances your dadís
eating independence. Suggest that they set the
television to a favorite cable network or radio to a
preferred talk station to broaden your husbandís world.
If you have home care help, list their
duties in a spiral notebook and request that they check
off what they have accomplished in your absence. That
way, you will get an idea of their pace and if your
requests are reasonable. Encourage home care personnel
to write their comments and questions for continued
clarification and to maintain practical communication.
This way, you will develop an open dialogue for the
ultimate benefit of your loved one.
When attending a care conference or
medical appointment, come with a list of questions and
concerns. In order to bring focus and clarity to these
meetings, stating issues and concerns in writing for all
in attendance helps save time for the busy professionals