The Dallas Morning News published an excellent article recently. It provides good advice to caregivers and/or power of attorneys who are responsible for the care of a family member.
For caregivers already exhausted from the demands of their duties, devising an organizational system can be a godsend.
“How do you coordinate the vast amount of information in that caregiving role?” said Sandy Markwood, chief executive of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. “How do you keep track of all of the physicians? How do you keep track of all of the medications? How do you keep track of all things like advance directives? How do you keep track all of the difference insurance policies?
“There are so many buckets of information a caregiver needs to have access to. In some cases, depending on the condition of their loved one.”
Pulling it all together in an organized fashion will alleviate some of the stress by making it easier to find important documents and other information.
There are several key areas that caregivers need to focus on when it comes to organizing their loved one’s matters, said Markwood.
“In my case and so many others, there seem to be three buckets of organizational information that caregivers need to organize — health, financial and legal — and then two buckets of organizational supports that are needed — support for your loved one and then support for you as a caregiver,” she said.
Read the full article: Organize your loved one’s information before a crisis hits
Aware Senior Care also recommends PASSPORT. Families and/or those with power of attorney should take some time to review and possibly use PASSPORT (Person-centered Approaches Supporting Successful Patient Outcomes for Recovery and Transitions).
It can be obtained from the NC Department of Health and Human Services. We’ve posted a .pdf version of both PASSPORT and the PASSPORT Personal Health Record on our website under our Aware Senior Care Downloads & Tools