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Top Ten Things For Caregivers To
Start Doing Now
Keep records of all medications
and reactions: make notes about what works, what
doesn’t and when you informed the physician of any
Keep records of all doctor
appointments: the reason for the visit, the doctor’s
responses to our concerns, any procedures performed,
Start or continue to maintain
copies of medical records for your loved one, and
for yourself, as well. These will be beneficial
should a grievance arise or if there are questions
about medical histories.
Plan for the unexpected: discuss
plans and wishes of everyone involved in the
caregiving family. Talk about final resting places
and what arrangements your family will want.
Have an Advance Directive filled
out and given to the primary physician and all
relatives who may need the form.
Have a Last Will and Testament
completed or updated: without a signed Will, the
courts will decide how to distribute the possessions
of your loved ones.
Keep a record of where
all-important documents are kept. When an emergency
or tragedy occurs, locating information should not
be where we spend our thoughts and energies.
Record all monetary
involvements: investments, resources creditors,
debtors, business transactions, etc.
Have an insurance analysis done:
is your home, life and health insurance still
appropriate for your family’s needs? What about the
insurance policies for your loved ones? Do you all
have enough coverage to take care of any
eventuality? Do you have provisions for long-term
care? For respite care? Is your house adequately
covered given the state of the weather patterns?
Clean out the medicine chest.
Look for expiration dates on all medicine, and check
with your doctor about previous medications which
will either be harmful with current prescriptions or
which are no longer effective for you or your loved
one. Not only will you save space, you might also
save a life.