Our Care To Caregiver program http://caretocaregiver.org/ is working on a new Red Emergency Binder (working title) to assist unpaid family caregivers. It’s important to be prepared and armed with all the right information. If you know any caregivers, please share this form with them.
We’ve created this Hot List as a prelude to the binder. It’s vital information about the loved-one you are caring for. It should be on or near your loved-one at all times. If you are a frequent user of 9-1-1 and emergency services, there is a program called Vial of Life where you can get free decals and print out their form. Many Counties across the US use this program where the EMT and Fire Departments look for the decal. http://www.vialoflife.com/
Our Red Emergency Binder is going to be a “starter kit” and will go into much detail and include such forms as Advanced Directives, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), Power of Attorney, and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). We want this to be a tool to start the conversation, especially if you are taking care of an elderly parent. We’ll give you tips and checklists to get you started. Later we will develop a series of binders that cover about 30 different topics comprehensively. Caregiving is complex, stressful, and simmers big doses of emotions. Our goal is to prepare you…sons, daughters, husbands, wives, family, and friends who are facing caregiving.
In the meantime, our great County of San Diego, Department of Aging and Independence Services (AIS) has produced a really great starter kit. You can get the PDF here:
http://caretocaregiver.org/free/ It’s a great handbook.
We would love to hear from you and get any ideas, topics, or tips that you would like to see. Our mission is to preserve the health and wellbeing of unpaid family caregivers so that you can give the best care to your loved one. And stay sane at the same time!