Share a Resource

When I first began my role as a caregiver, a dear colleague gave me advice that turned out to be a tremendous help. Marti had been the primary caregiver and guardian of a relative for many years. Her advice was to carry my mother’s medical records with me at all times and to keep them updated.

She was kind enough to email me her form so that I could alter it to meet my needs.  Marti was right in saying that during medical emergencies when you may be emotional, the record is a valuable resource for all the questions you would be asked about your loved one’s health history and the meds they are taking. I’ve even had receptionists at the hospital ask if they could keep the form for their records. 

You can find free personal medical record forms on or through a google search. Adapt one to include whatever information you need to support your loved one.  I would also use the form to record any medical incidents that occurred, any changes to my mother’s care, or her general health. (Actually, I’ve started using the form to keep a record of my medical history as well.) As a caregiver, you can lighten your load by finding, using, or accepting and sharing tools that will save you time and lessen your worry.

🙋Your Turn- Feel free to share any helpful tools you use by replying in this space.

Published by Ardella

My mother’s experience through Alzheimer’s was nearly a 5-year journey. During that time, I learned how to be a caregiver along with other family members and friends. During that time I kept a journal which I later turned into the book, Learning to Love Olivia: A Daughter’s Journal of Her Mother’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s. This blog will draw on some of that content along with my experiences with other caregivers and will hopefully offer support and encouragement to those who find themselves walking in the same shoes.

One thought on “Share a Resource

  1. This is really useful and practical information. I just printed a copy of AARP’s form for myself and another person. Thank you for sharing!


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