Saturday, June 05 2010
Are you a caregiver for a loved one? Did the role of caregiver come upon you suddenly? Did you have a plan in place to follow when you stepped into this new role? Did your plan methodically give you step by step directions on how to implement it when the time came? It would be great, if those of us that have been placed in this role, could say the plan we had in place worked exactly the way we had expected!!. And yes, some of us didn't even have a plan! When I am asked to help someone with their existing plan or to assist is creating a new one, I use the term Lifestyle Management Plan. Your customized Lifestyle plan might need to include some basic checklists that encompass some of the main areas of caregiving (personal and social data, safety issues, healthcare information, etc.). You may also need to enlist guidance for legal/estate affairs, real estate advice, insurance documentation, etc. Equipped with your own Lifestyle Management plan You will be better prepared to be able to make informed decisions when and if a concern arises .