Top parent care challenges are:
- Organizing important information
- Keeping family and friends informed
- Getting help with day-to-day caregiving tasks
Solutions to streamline caring for parents
Create a notebook to store all your parent care information.
Your notebook should include these 10 elder care basics:
- Copies of your parent's health care directive
- Names, addresses and specialties of all his doctors
- Copies of insurance cards
- Your parent's medical history
- List of prescriptions, over the counter medications and herbal supplements
- Roster of elder care agencies and service providers
- Master calendar for appointments and activities
- Notes about how your parent is feeling and symptoms you notice
- Notes of the doctors' instructions
- To Do list to help you delegate caregiving tasks.
Regularly communicate with family and friends
Hold regular telephone meetings via a conference calling service or send regular emails or letters to your family members keeping them up to date. The updates and meetings are a time to ask for help with caregiving and delegate responsibilities. Even family members who live far away can participate if you identify tasks that can be done remotely.
Use a web based caregiving coordination tool.
Lotsa Helping Hands is an example of a free web based tool. It's place to store information and communicate your parent care status and needs. Information is shared via a confidential webpage that you manage. Family and friends can stay informed and volunteer to help.
Here are some features of Lotsa Helping Hands:
A calendar for your parent's appointments and activities
Friends and family can electronically volunteer for appointments and activities
A place to post reports of your parent's status
A message board for caregiving team members to share information
Photo gallery and well wishes sections to encourage you and your parent
A vital information section where sensitive parent care information can be securely stored
Being organized keeps your caregiving on track. On-line caregiving tools are one way to stay organized and communicate with family and friends.
How do you stay organized while caregiving? We'd love to hear your tips.
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