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Tips for Caregivers
- When you implement your plan, make
sure you keep lists of the following items and
distribute them to anyone who is participating
in your loved one's care:
- Insurance documentation
that's easily accessible for those who may have
to travel with a loved one to the hospital,
doctor, dentist, or other care provider.
Insurance information is usually the first
information needed at admission in order to be
- Telephone numbers of
all who participate in the plan, including paid
caregivers, family and friends, facilities and
day care centers.
- Telephone numbers for
all medical relationships including emergency
response, doctors, dentists, therapist and
pharmacies. Also list telephone numbers for
appropriate support such as home repair,
veterinarians or food delivery services.
- Medications. Make sure to keep this list
up-to-date and redistribute, when changes are
made. Include the name of the medication, the
amount and frequency of the dose and the name of
the prescribing physician.
- Perhaps the most important tip for
the family caregiver is to take
care of yourself so you can be at your best
for your loved one. Ask for help before you're
at a crisis point. Ask for help before someone
thinks to offer it. Ask for help before your own
health is at risk. Limiting the stress in your
life will make your loved one feel like less of
a burden and will maximize the enjoyment you may
find in caring for them.
Source: Genworth Financial