Thursday, February 07, 2013
LESSONS LEARNED AND STILL LEARNING
Keep a 2-week supply of meds in proper cases to correspond with times of day for dispensing
Prepare a list of responsibilities by time of day so that someone taking your place will know what is required
Don’t be afraid to call EMS if you are really in trouble and isolated (my husband chose my time with the shingles to fall out of bed)
Keep some extra meals and soups in your freezer to cover several days; also keep handy the names of restaurants that deliver
Prepare a list of people to call for help, beginning with those who might stay the longest but involving others who could offer even an hour or two; include phone/cell numbers and addresses; above all discuss this plan with people on your list and make them familiar with your needs
You might even find it helpful to check out an agency for the “just in case” when you have no recourse; seek recommendations and referrals
Make long-term plans for your stroke survivor should you become seriously ill or worse. Choose a healthcare facility and perhaps even file application papers in case you are unable to do so later. Even though these facilities operate on a space-available basis, at least they will have your paperwork and some familiarity with your needs.
Make sure you have your medical records and those of your loved one in special binders, updated, and easily available to stand on their own
Also have an updated medical power of attorney and regular power of attorney for each of you.
As a spousal caregiver you should have your financial papers in order, in a safe but obvious place, including: wills, life insurance; medical insurance, Social Security/Medicare records, bank statements, and safe deposit information. Each of these should be clearly marked in separate folders for yourself and your spouse.