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The Importance of Organization with Elderly Care

Organization is important for in homeelderly care. When managing the elderly care of your parents or lovedone you have enough surprises along the way that everything you cancontrol helps. Whether you are the sole caregiver, have other familymembers or in-home Elderly Care such as Visiting Angels it is importantto keep organized so that you can save time, energy, money and unduestress.

It is important to be organized whensharing the responsibilities of elderly care of your parents or lovedone in the home so that the flow of communication stays open. Havinglists, schedules, files and an emergency plan will help you to avoid anyunnecessary stress.

Here are some simple tips on ways to keepthe elderly care of your parents or loved one organized:

  • Make Lists – Staying at home with elderly care, it is important to get all the household, medical, legal, financial, home maintenance, religious and social information together and put in an easily accessible place. Develop a system where all the names, addresses and phone numbers are in one spot for ease and accessibility.
  • Make Copies of all Medical Papers and Bills - The medical information for elderly care is important. Good record keeping can prevent duplicating tests and medicine refills. It is important to have the name, telephone number, address and specialty of each health care provider that cares for your aging loved one.
  • Keep a Master Schedule - Develop an elderly care master schedule, to keep track of when medications need to be reordered, appointments are scheduled, when the trash it to go out etc. It sounds silly, but care giving is intermittent, unpredictable and overwhelming at times. It is easy to get distracted and forget something.
  • Keep a File System - Develop a file system for all information of elderly care. Sections for filing will be medical bills, legal papers, resources, financial papers. Paperwork can pile up, so make a file for things that will need to be filed.
  • Keep a log of who you talk to - Keep a log of those that you talk with in regards to the elderly care of your aging loved one. A call log with the name of the individual you spoke with, date and time and a brief snippet what the call was about is important in case something is missed or care is delayed.
  • Always have a back-up or emergency plan

Organization is the key to stress free elderly care of a parent or loved on in the home. Start with a system as soon as you can and you will be prepared to have other family members or in-home elderly care providers step right in and lend a hand.

Bio: Linda Dunkelberger is a freelance writer and editor. “The Importance of Organization with Elderly Care” suggests organizational tips for elderly care of a family member of loved one in the home. Visiting Angels is the nation's leading, nationally respected network of non-medical, private duty home care agencies providing senior care, elderly care, personal care, respite care and companion care to help the elderly and adults continue to live in their homes across America. Visit our website www.visiting angels.com for more information now!

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