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Caregiver Binder

  1. 1. Binder for caregiversself-help guide<br />MFRC Family Navigator Program<br />
  2. 2. The life of a caregiver consists of many challenging and rewarding experiences. <br />The following is a guide to assist you in building your own caregiver binder. This is a great tool as it consists of all up-to-date information and documents of your loved one’s needs and care. <br />This inventory can be kept in a three-ring binder and will include the sections as listed on the following slide.<br />Building a caregiver binder<br />
  3. 3. Table of Contents<br />Tab 1. Emergency Contacts<br />Tab 2. All About Me<br />Tab 3. Daily needs<br />Tab 4. Diagnosis and what it means<br />Tab 5. Documents<br />Tab 6. Medication records<br />Tab 7. Upcoming appointments<br />Tab 8. Highlights or summary reports<br />Tab 8. Addresses and Phone Numbers<br /> Notes:<br />Keep short, relevant and timely<br />
  4. 4. The first tab in the binder consists of three or more emergency contacts. <br />Remember to include:<br /><ul><li>Name of person and contact information
  5. 5. Relationship to the patient
  6. 6. Address </li></ul>Emergency contacts can be identified as close friends or family you would contact in case of an emergency. It is recommended these contacts live close to your loved one’s permanent home. <br />TAB 1.EMERGENCY CONTACTS<br />
  7. 7. The all about me section explains some of your loved ones interests and life history. This “profile” could include:<br /><ul><li>Likes, dislikes
  8. 8. Hobbies
  9. 9. Interests
  10. 10. Favorite food
  11. 11. Food allergies and effects if ingested</li></ul>A life story helps give the caregiver a better understanding of your loved one’s interests in order to connect with them more effectively and build a strong relationship.<br />TAB 2.ALL ABOUT ME<br />
  12. 12. This section includes a list of your loved ones daily needs whether it be:<br /><ul><li>Physical
  13. 13. Personal care and support
  14. 14. Communication
  15. 15. Mobility
  16. 16. Transportation</li></ul>For example: If your loved one has a physical disability or is unable to drive, specialized transportation may have to be provided. Listing all these needs will help future doctors and caregivers provide your loved one with support services.<br />TAB 3.DAILY NEEDS<br />
  17. 17. The fourth tab includes all key medical records of diagnosis along with.. <br /><ul><li>A complete description of your loved ones medical condition
  18. 18. The nature of the diagnosis and its likely effects both now and in the future
  19. 19. Note: If your loved one has a dual diagnosis, ensure to include all descriptions and assessments.</li></ul>TAB 4.DIAGNOSIS AND WHAT IT MEANS<br />
  20. 20. This section may include all important legal and health care documents, such as:<br /><ul><li>Loved ones birth certificate (original or duplicate)
  21. 21. Social security number
  22. 22. Power of attorney name and contact information
  23. 23. Life/disability insurance policies if applicable.
  24. 24. Photocopy of health care card
  25. 25. Health Care Directive- Please refer to the helpful definitions section for a detailed definition of a Health Care Directive.</li></ul>TAB 5.documents<br />
  26. 26. This tab includes all key medical records along with:<br /><ul><li>Name and dosage of all current medications
  27. 27. Time of day medication is taken
  28. 28. Description of each medication and its possible side effects
  29. 29. Drug allergies (if applicable), and effects if ingested</li></ul>TAB 6.MEDICATION RECORDS<br />
  30. 30. Dates and names for all upcoming medical appointments i.e. doctor, physiotherapist, etc.<br />Format for appointments may include:<br /><ul><li>Physician’s name ______________________
  31. 31. Type of appointment ___________________
  32. 32. Date of appointment ___________________</li></ul>TAB 7.UPCOMING APPOINTMENTS<br />
  33. 33. This section includes any summary reports you receive from professionals on your loved one’s needs and care.<br />It can also include any important highlights or additional information about your loved one you feel would be beneficial for a caregiver to know in the case of an emergency.<br />TAB 8.highlights or summary reports<br />
  34. 34. This section is used for the names, addresses and phone numbers of all your important contacts. These could include:<br /><ul><li>Doctors
  35. 35. Therapists
  36. 36. Past service providers and hospitals</li></ul>TAB 9.important address and phone numbers<br />
  37. 37. On this web page you will find a variety of useful documents including an emergency care plan for adults with a special need or health concern. <br />This booklet allows you to have all of your important information in one place.<br />You may want to consider placing a copy of your plan in your binder. This will make it easily accessible for you if an emergency situation is to ever arise.<br />Emergency care plan<br />