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 AARP.org 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.
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