My recent trip to Texas included a Caregiver Lunch & Learn in San Antonio. Laura, my business partner, and I met many amazing people including sponsors, caregivers, and care receivers. One woman in particular made quite the impression on me. She is the youngest of 14 children and the caregiver for an older sister who had a stroke years ago.
Laura and I were astounded to learn there are 90 million Americans who care for loved ones. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that “an estimated 66% of caregivers are female”. Participants in the event shared many stories about the frustration of both the caregiver and the care receiver regarding doctors, hospitals, medications, medical histories, health directives, living wills, and …
insurance information. The discussions centered around the caregiver’s need for comprehensive information about the person she/he is caring for, and the need for immediate access to this information when an emergency arises.
It was this Lunch & Learn that propelled us to create the ‘Information for My Caregiver’ guide. This guide is an expanded subset of our Lifetime Legacy Planner whereby we have incorporated the following topics:
- My Information
- Family & Friends
- Emergency Contacts
- Food Preferences
- Assisted Living/Nursing Homes
- Health Care Providers
- Medical History
- Activities of Daily Living
- Drugs: Generic, Brand, OTC
- Drug Allergies
- Drugs That Cause Problems
- Previous Drugs Used
- Date of Last Immunizations
- Insurance – Health, Dental, Vision, Long-Term Care
- Living Will
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
- Durable Power of Attorney for Property (Finances)
Caregiving is a challenging experience. Our ‘Information for My Caregiver’ guide eases the stress of the caregiver and the care receiver by having comprehensive information readily available. This guide will be coming soon to our Purchase a Planner page and available in a download fillable pdf version. For more information, please contact Maureen Williams.