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1. Keep records of all medications
and reactions: make notes about what works, what doesn’t
and when you informed the physician of any problems.
2. Keep records of all doctor appointments: the reason
for the visit, the doctor’s responses to our concerns,
any procedures performed, etc.
3. Start or continue to maintain copies of medical
records for your loved one, and for yourself, as well.
These will be beneficial should a grievance arise or if
there are questions about medical histories.
4. Plan for the unexpected: discuss plans and wishes of
everyone involved in the caregiving family. Talk about
final resting places and what arrangements your family
5. Have an Advance Directive filled out and given to the
primary physician and all relatives who may need the
6. Have a Last Will and Testament completed or updated:
without a signed Will, the courts will decide how to
distribute the possessions of your loved ones.
7. Keep a record of where all-important documents are
kept. When an emergency or tragedy occurs, locating
information should not be where we spend our thoughts
8. Record all monetary involvements: investments,
resources creditors, debtors, business transactions,
9. Have an insurance analysis done: is your home, life
and health insurance still appropriate for your family’s
needs? What about the insurance policies for your loved
ones? Do you all have enough coverage to take care of
any eventuality? Do you have provisions for Long Term
Care? For respite care? Is your house adequately covered
given the state of the weather patterns?
10. Clean out the medicine chest. Look for expiration
dates on all medicine, and check with your doctor about
previous medications which will either be harmful with
current prescriptions or which are no longer effective
for your or your loved one. Not only will you save
space, you might also save a life.