10 Reasons to Keep Caregiving Records

By: rebecca2009

Becoming a caregiver is a big undertaking and it doesn't come with a specific job description. Often the role of caregiving is unexpected and comes at a time when you are prepared. Keep in mind, that even the most prepared caregivers face new challenges every day.
The challenges of caregiving are well known. Adults are living longer and their healthcare concerns are increasing. Given the current economic conditions, financial difficulties are on the rise making it more difficult for aging adults to remain independent in their homes. There are over 37,000,000 caregivers who need all of the help they can get.
Every caregiver should keep caregiving records on a daily basis. The Caregiver's Care Plan is very similar to the Nurse's Plan of Care and the Hospice Plan of Care. It is a daily record of the care and treatment of the care-receiver. It provides a record of events that assist everyone on the Care Team. Daily records become a reference tool that may be reviewed as needs and conditions change. Think of it as a home healthcare management system.
Here are some reasons to keep caregiving records:
Most importantly, keeping daily records will let you regularly reassess the needs of your loved one, to ensure better healthcare.
In the long run, keeping caregiving records will help you save time and money. You can reduce costs and doctor's visits by keeping trusted members of the Care Team up-to-date about your loved one's condition.
Reduce stress. An online organizer is an effective time management tool that helps you stay organized and ease caregiving stress.
It allows another caregiver to take your place fairly easily.
It is easier to share information with family members and trusted friends. An online organizer will help communication flow easier.
An online organizer allows you to enlist the help of others. It makes it easier to schedule shared tasks and responsibilities.
It helps you to better manage your workload.
A daily audit will help to increase both care-receiver and caregiver satisfaction.
Helps to incorporate a plan of action for setting boundaries and maintaining them. This helps to reduce caregiver stress.
Reduce clutter. It's good to have all of your loved one's records in place rather than having dozens of pieces of paper will individual notes.
Once you start keeping caregiving records of daily activities of your loved one, you will notice how much easier it is to do your job. Get started today.
This article was written by Rebecca Sharp Colmer, a Certiified Senior Advisor and the creator of MeAndMyCaregiver(s), a service designed to help both the care-receiver and the caregiver. It is a lot more than just a personal health record stored online. It is a personal life record and life management system. Learn more at http://www.meandmycaregivers.com

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Rebecca Sharp Colmer, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor, as recognized by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The national organization has trained over 14,000 professionals across the country. As an Elder Care Advocate she has taken the educational initiative to become a professional leader in meeting the key needs and vital issues concerning senior citizens. In addition, she is a nationally recognized author, publisher, and speaker. She is also a caregiver.

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