August 4, 2000
Information On Document Lists You
Will Need As A Caregiver
By: Gail R Mitchell
As a caregiver of a spouse or a parent,
it is important to make sure you have
important information stored in a safe
place. For the next several weeks we
will include lists for you to print out.
These lists will provide research that
you will need to take action with so
that your caregiving role will be easier.
If you have professional assistance or
a Hospice, this information will be of
great value in many ways for them to
learn more about your loved one. You
will be able to print out each list so
you may create a notebook which will
contain all the information you need to
know about your loved one. This is
especially helpful if you are a long
distance caregiver. However, it is
equally important to be knowledgeable
about all the information you will need
Types of Checklists:
·Action Plan For Caregivers
·Checklist For Families Providing
·Deciding How and When to Step
·Providing Basic Needs
·Medical History List Which Includes
·Your Loved One's Preferences
·Hiring Care on Your Own
·Providing Basic Needs
·Evaluating Care Options
·Medication Do's and Don'ts
·Proper Lifting Techniques
·Taking Away The Keys - Providing
·Adapting to New Living Arrangements
- Providing Basic Needs
·Financial Payment Sources and
Housing Needs Assessment
·Home Care Services
·Home Safety: Preparing the home
·Nursing Home Assessment
A Caregiver's Action Plan:
By setting up a plan of action, your
role as a caregiver will run smoother.
You will be able to take control of your
life while caring for your loved one.
Remember that by taking action, you
have begun taking responsibility for
your own personal well-being. This is
the most important factor in remaining
balanced so you can care for your loved
one with more love and effectiveness.
The following is a checklist that you
may choose to follow. You may find
only some suggestions useful. You
may also add ideas that come to
mind as you read through them.
·I will seek all the help I can find.
·I will allow my family to help.
·I will involve my family in decisions.
·I will share the burdens of
caregiving with others, especially
·I will research all aspects of their
illnesses, the courses of action
and will remain well informed. I
will allow a sufficient amount of
time to do the research properly.
I will check out as many options
as I am able to do. I will research
all costs involved and who pays
·I will set short and long term
goals for my carerecipient and
myself. I will learn what I need
to do and the reasons for doing it.
·I will write everything down in an
organized manner. This includes
dating all my notes, records, goals,
ideas, phone numbers, questions,
answers, promises, appointments,
chores, and decisions. I will keep
them in a planner or in one location
so I will know where everything is
when I need it.
·I will work at understanding the
emotions I will go through such as:
confusion, anger, guilt, hurt, anxiety,
depression, fear, etc, knowing fully
that these feelings are all part and
parcel for the role of caregiver.
·I will stop trying to be perfect and
in control of everything. I will be
realistic about what I can and can't
do. I will be assertive and set
boundaries when necessary.
·I will be prepared for the unexpected
as well as the expected. I will remember
the only guarantee in life is that there
are no guarantees.
·I will take care of my emotional,
mental, physical and spiritual needs.
·I will remain in contact with the
·I will plan for the future to the
best of my capabilities with the
given situation at hand.
·I will work at learning better tools
to communicate with the person I
am caring for, even if communication
·I will recognize and admit when I
am in denial.
·I will define my objectives into one
concise statement when it comes
to decision-making and problem
·I will list all constraints such as
time, money, etc. that come up in
my role as a caregiver. I will list all
possible solutions by evaluating their
pluses and minuses.
·I will do whatever is necessary to
find the proper care for my
carerecipient so that they receive
the right care and the proper quality
of life they deserve.
·I will recognize when I am burning
out and get the professional help
·I will remain clear, focused, and
loving, as I commit to doing my
best to serve my loved one with
compassion and understanding.
This Caregiver's Action plan, as you
can see encompasses the majority
of issues you will encounter as a
caregiver. Again, work with the list
as you see fit. Make the choice to
fulfill your role as best as you can
with love and care.
Other Pertinent Articles:
For New Caregivers
Caregiver’s Bill Of Rights
Getting Comfortable As A
Caregiver In Your New Role
We look forward to the opportunity
of serving you. We welcome your
comments, suggestions, and questions.
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Boomers' Caregiver's Main Page
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