Who Has Your Back?
Every caregiver should think about what their backup plan is if an unfortunate event occurs and you are no long able to care for your loved one. Will the person who is taking over for you know everything? Not just medical history and medication list but your loved one’s likes/dislikes, routines, wishes.
To start, identify all options for backup help – family members, friends, neighbors, home care agencies – and put together a written out plan, however this works best for you. Below is a great tool created by the caregiver specialist at HESSCO, Sarah Foss, that allows the caregiver to identify two backup caregivers and list out all information. And don’t forget, your local caregiver specialist can help you identify options for backup as well as creating the care plan document! Back up Care Plan (pdf)