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Pre-planning for Caregiver's Illness

Thursday, February 07, 2013

 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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAYBER 2/12/2013 10:01PM

    Thank you for sharing this list
Certainly need it at this time in my caregiving
One day at a time

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TEENYSMOM 2/10/2013 10:59AM

    emoticon for that wonderful & helpful list Chris.

Everyone needs this info, but especially the disabled and the folks who take care of the disabled.

I hope your having a blessed weekend.


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TXMEMAW6 2/9/2013 9:41AM

    Great advice! I'll be sure to pass this on to my friend whose husband had a stroke and is now a quadriplegic. Thanks for sharing!

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WALLAHALLA 2/8/2013 9:55PM that's a helpful list

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JEWELMAKER1 2/8/2013 8:08PM

    Thank you, such a complete list.

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ALIHIKES 2/8/2013 7:16PM

    These suggestions are very helpful, thanks for sharing.

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LINDAF49 2/8/2013 1:54PM

    Excellent list...Copied it into my files for grief ministry/Elder Care and Prep for my own eldercare! God bless you in your daily walk on the road of caring and encouraging others who care for their loved ones. Praying strength for your day.

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FUSCHIA6 2/8/2013 8:52AM

    It is a great idea for everyone to have advance care directives. It saves family & friends a lot of heart ache.
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123ELAINE456 2/7/2013 11:57PM

  Great Advice and Information. Very Helpful too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GRAMMACATHY 2/7/2013 10:27PM

    Very timely. Thanks.

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LINOVER 2/7/2013 9:51PM

    Very good info! You never know when you will need it!

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RORYLYONS 2/7/2013 9:04PM

    Great information.... emoticon

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NYKIMMIE 2/7/2013 7:20PM

    Very god advice :)

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NEPTUNE1939 2/7/2013 6:38PM

    Good advice.

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