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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/
    Seek help from insurance company nurse care managers provided by the older adult's insurer
    Get in touch with 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, and www.lotsahelpinghands.org

  2. Get emotional support
    Connect with other caregivers online at caregiveraction.org
    Connect with other caregivers near you through your local Area Agency on Aging
    Seek professional mental health services if necessary

  3. Take care of your own health
    Follow the preventive/chronic care guidelines found on this self-care checklist 
    Select high quality healthcare providers for yourself

  4. Make your wishes (or those of the person you are helping) known and document them
    Use these resources to create documents that are legally enforceable in Maine: Communicate Your Advance Directives for Health Care and Caring Connections: Planning Ahead

  5. Know before you go.  Select high quality providers to reduce the need for additional health care services
    Select high quality providers to reduce the need for additional health care services 

  6. Take a tape recorder to medical appointments, 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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