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Pre-planning for Caregiver's Illness

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.

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