Dr. Amy: Action Plan for Caregivers

While many of us have been caregivers for a while, others are just beginning the journey. Many times we are just thrown into the job without much of a chance to look at the big picture or to assess a variety of options for how to carry out the role of caregiver.

The first thing to do is to develop a Caregiving Action Plan to look at how much help your loved one needs now and in the future. Of course we need to understand that these needs will change with the progress of or recovery from the illness. With recovery comes increasing strength and the need for care may decrease while others may follow a downward trend and will require more assistance as times passes. For some diseases such as cancer the journey may involve periods of remission followed by recurrence.

Six questions to evaluate needs:

As you create your Action Plan, ask these questions to evaluate the family caregiving needs and determine who will meet these needs:

In developing your Action Plan, consider the following:

I encourage all of us to step back from time to time and reassess the situation and identify where our loved ones' needs are now and how we can manage them most effectively.

Dr. Amy

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