Staying organized as a caregiver
Caregivers field a lot of information. It can be challenging to keep up with dates, medications, and other details.
Whether it's on your mobile device or just a calendar in a notebook, having a resource to track those important dates is invaluable.
You'll need a place for notes and important information. Mobile apps like Evernote, Google Keep, or OneNote are useful. Paper notebooks are perfectly fine, too.
Add important contacts as "Favorites" in your phone Cluster medical-related contacts together with a prefix such as "Med" Bookmark links to health portals
Use an expanding file folder to separate each bill by provider. Attach the "Explanation of Benefits" from your insurance company to these bills and make sure the amounts due match.
There are several apps that can help you manage healthcare information. Try this video to learn about the most useful ones.
Sometimes questions come to you in the middle of the night, so keep a notebook next to your bed to write them down. This helps you get back to sleep, easing your mind that you won’t forget the next day.
You will have a general guide for a treatment plan, but it’s normal to face unexpected changes. No matter how organized you are, disruptions are inevitable. Expecting these changes will allow you to be more flexible.
We can't say it enough. Taking care of yourself is essential to your role as a caregiver. If you're emotionally and physically exhausted, you have nothing left to give to others.
Set a time each day for you to do something you enjoy – it can be a 15 minute walk or a day out with friends. No matter the activity, it will fuel your tank.
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