As a family caregiver, you know better than anyone else that caring for a loved one requires a major shift in your lifestyle and the way you organize your days. If you are new to family caregiving or just looking for new resources, personal record keeping software can help relieve the stress on everybody. Nothing raises frustration levels faster than having to make on-the-spot decisions without knowing the details of your caree’s life. For example, who is your caree’s pharmacist if you need details about medication? Has someone in the neighborhood volunteered to drive your caree to the doctor or the mall? If there’s an emergency with household systems, where is the homeowner’s insurance policy?
As a caregiver, you need this kind of information, and more, at your fingertips. Has the family organized the details of your caree’s life and made them available to you? If the caree is your spouse, are you now responsible for things that he or she used to take care of? Most people just trust their memory to know what and where everything is. All that can change in an instant and you can find yourself lost without the faintest idea where to turn.
Families owe it to themselves, to those to whom the burden of caring for a loved one falls, and to the caree himself or herself, to organize financial, medical, legal, insurance, retirement, employment, veterans, pension, important documents, important contact numbers, living wishes, final wishes and more in such a way that the information is accessible when it’s needed.
Most families don’t organize information and documents because they think it’s too difficult, time consumer and stressful. The new personal record keeping software programs take care of all that. They provide the organizing structure, the easy navigation through all the data and the secure access to protect privacy. All you have to do is fill in the blanks.
Providing care exacts a huge toll on caregivers that often goes unrecognized. Access to organized information is one way to raise the level caregiver support. The more you tell caregivers about yourself, if you are the caree, or about your loved one, if you are organizing or providing the care, the more you help everyone cope with day-to-day demands.
Paper records just won’t do the job. You’ll never find what you need in a hurry if you have rummage through a stack of bills, a drawer full of files or a shoe box in the closet for the whereabouts of a document or an important detail. Forget about the paper. Getting organized digitally will help you manage a wider range of caregiving’s aspects and keep everything all together in one place. If you change caregivers or share the caregiving responsibility, you won’t have to start all over again. With personal record keeping software you can create multiple secure access codes and someone new can take over without missing a beat, at least in terms of vital information. It will all be there, safe at home, on your computer under your complete control. If you are concerned about privacy and security, select software that runs on your computer without a connection to the internet.
Raise the level of support for caregivers with access to information, relieve some of their stress and help carees live the life they know with record keeping software.
Article by: Robert R. Lusk
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