Additional Caregiver Resources

It’s always wise to find out what your county and state have to offer in the way of services, even if you think you won’t qualify for them. Check the blue pages of your phone book for the numbers, or go on line. Counties and states all have web sites. Type the name of your […]

How to Communicate with an Insurance Provider

Before you pick up the phone to speak to a claims representative, you need to gather some information. Be prepared to give the person you talk with: Your name and your relationship to your care recipient Your care recipient’s birth date The insurance policy number The name and address of the organization that sent the […]

Information on Seating & Mobility

Seating & Mobility As a caregiver, you need to be very understanding to the individual’s needs. This is a very hard time as they are being told they need to start living their life in a different manor than they had done so previously. It will be most beneficial to educate them, either with a […]

Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Providers

Review this list of questions as you are planning and preparing for any interaction with the health care system (e.g., doctor visit, trip to the emergency room, hospital discharge planning session, etc.) The questions are organized by category. Select the questions that best fit your needs. Feel free to add your own. About Medical Care […]

Care Management Techniques You Can Use

Did you ever wish you could just pick up the phone and call someone who would take stock of your situation, help you access the right services, counsel you and your family to help resolve some of your differences, then monitor your progress with an eye toward channeling your energy and abilities as effectively as […]

Tips for Family Caregivers from Doctors

Write questions down so you won’t forget them Be clear about what you want to say to the doctor. Try not to ramble. If you have lots of things to talk about, make a consultation appointment, so the doctor can allow enough time to meet with you in an unhurried way. Educate yourself about your […]

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

Caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often. Watch out for signs of depression, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do. Educate yourself about your loved one’s […]