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There is so much to know, learn and keep track of for the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents. What we could really use is a checklist caring elderly parents.
The National Caregivers Library has a plethora of info, checklists and forms for caregivers to help us out, including faith-based info that will work for a most/all faiths. What a wonderful resource this is for all of us in the Sandwich Generation!
Another great resource surfaced when I was visiting EldercareABC’s latest blog carnival. The blog carnival, itself, had several interesting articles to encourage caregivers. Reminds me of the Chicken Soup for the Soul for Caregivers series.
The article posted right next to it, by Joy Loverde, looked intriguing, as well, so I read it next and am so glad I did! In it, she describes her book, The Complete Eldercare Planner, as well as the importance of medical histories for all of us, including our aging parents. She has also provided many useful charts, agreements, and checklists. (Yay! more help with a checklist caring elderly parents!) to help us help each person we provide senior home care for (whether in our home or long distance).
Joy also has the good idea to put all this information on a small flash drive (sometimes called stick drive or thumb drive) to make it easy to share the information with your doctor and hospital. To that, I would add the suggestion that you take print-outs with you, as well as storing a set for yourself at home. Technology is wonderful and I am one of its biggest cheerleaders. It also has a reputation for crashing at the worst moments. In addition, not all doctor’s offices and hospitals are as up-to-date on technology as we might like. Others may have serious concerns about computer safety. If you can use the flash drive, that will, indeed, make everyone’s job much simpler. And if they are unable to do that, the printout will put a smile on your face as well.
High tech help, from great resources online that include more than one helpful checklist caring elderly parents as well as tech gizmos like flash drives, really does make our senior home care giving much easier, doesn’t it? And that’s such a relief for all of us in the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation caring for our elderly parents! 🙂