You might find yourself making lists quite a bit as a caregiver, but some specific ones can make your life and your tasks as a caregiver a lot easier.
Your Senior’s Medical Team.
Depending on your aging family member’s overall health, she may see several different doctors or specialists. Keeping track of all of them can be complicated at best. If you have one list you can reference when you need to, then it’s much easier to find the one you need.
Home Care Providers.
When you and your aging adult finally agree about hiring home care providers, you want to hang onto contact information and anything else that is helpful. This can help you and your elderly family member each to be able to access services when you need them the most.
Other Family Members Who Can Help.
You may have other help available, too. Some family members may want to help you, but they aren’t sure how to help. If they’ve offered help in the past, it’s worth keeping track of names and what they’ve offered to help you do. The next time you need help with something specific, you can work your way down the list instead of struggling to remember who offered assistance.
Tasks You Need Completed.
Speaking of tasks, when someone does offer you help, do you instantly blank out about what they can do for you? If so, you might want to start keeping a list of tasks that you routinely need extra help completing. The next time someone offers, you won’t be at a loss.
Medications Your Senior Takes.
If your senior takes quite a few medications, it’s difficult to keep track of all of them. Having a list of the medications can help you to organize them and ensure your senior is taking them the way that she should be.
Activities You Can Do Just for You.
When you’re ready to take some time just for you, do you spend the majority of that time figuring out what you want to do? Spare yourself that hassle and start a list of activities you can do with time that is just for you. You might add reading, crocheting, or any other activities you love. Keep adding to the list as you think of things you can do to relax.
Lists are easy to update and they’re usually portable enough that you can keep a copy on you in some format. Experiment with different lists that give you the information that you need.