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Tips for Caregivers

 

  1. Find others to help you
    Tap into help at local aging and disability resource centers listed on www.eldercare.gov and www.maine.gov/dhhs/oes/
    Insurance company nurse care managers provided by the older adult's insurer
    Your doctor’s nurse care manager
    Use one of these tools to request assistance from friends and relatives who want to help you out - www.caringbridge.org, www.ehope.nu, www.lotsahelpinghands.org

  2. Get emotional support
    Connect with other caregivers on-line at www.thefamilycaregiver.org
    Connect with other caregivers near you through your local Area Agency on Aging Maine AAAs
    Seek professional mental health services if necessary

  3. Take care of your own health
    Follow the preventive/chronic care guidelines found here
    Select high quality healthcare providers for yourself here

  4. Talk to the person you are helping about what they really want and when and then write their wishes out.  These documents should help make it easier to put wishes in writing are legally enforceable in Maine
    www.extension.org/pages/Communicate_Your_Advance_Directives_for_Health_Care:_Print_this_Lesson 
     www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3289

  5. Know before you go.  Select high quality providers from this site to reduce the need for additional healthcare services for the person you are helping
    www.getbettermaine.org/

  6. Bring a tape recorder with you when you go on a medical appointment, so you can refresh your memory and that of the person you are helping


More tips can be found at www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/PDFpubs/4204.pdf
and www.caregivinginmaine.org/

 

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