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When you are the primary family caregiver for a senior loved one, you probably know their medical history as well as you know your own. You can easily explain the details of their treatments and medication schedule. But what would happen if you were suddenly unavailable to provide that care? How would others know what your aging family member needs, especially if your loved one has memory loss?
Having an emergency caregiver in place is important.
Creating a caregiver backup plan is a two-step process:
Creating a Health File for Your Senior Loved One
Begin by pulling together everything someone else would need to know to be able to care for your loved one including:
Share Your Caregiver Back-Up Plan
It is equally important to make sure the people you are counting on to pitch in and care for your family member are comfortable with the plan and know how to find it. Some families have also found it helpful to use technology platforms and apps to store this information. Caring Bridge and Care Zone are two you might find helpful.
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