My three steps guide you in creating a Care Guide, a Care Squad, and a Care Planning Team. You establish a framework to start and continue conversations by opening lines of communication, encouraging participation, and talking about choices and financial stability.
The Care Guide is filled with relevant, accurate, and updated information. Each guide should contain a birthdate, height, weight, allergies, health conditions, medications (with dosages), primary language, passwords, emergency contacts, doctors’ and specialists’ contact information, and more. If a crisis occurs, no one has to scramble to find information because it’s in the Care Guide. It’s also a great planning tool. When planning, the more you know about the person you’re helping, the better. Even if that person is you!
The objective of the Care Squad is to create a process for family members to react effectively when emergencies arise. It also provides a back-up plan in case the primary caregiver is not available.
The Care Planning Team (CPT) provides a structure for multigenerational discussions and assessments. The CPT discovers available options that suit each generation’s immediate, extended, or long-term care needs. When it is time to seek professional advice or support, the CPT members are educated consumers—ready to discuss options, ask relevant questions, and make decisions!
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