Basics of Caregiving | Caregiver Action Network

Basics of Caregiving

Patient File Checklist
The very first thing you need to do is gather your loved one's information.
Click for the Checklist
Medication List
Whether its on paper or in an app, you need to have a current medication list.
Click for the the Medication Checklist
Managing the Meds Video
Doctor's Visits
Going to  your loved one's appointment - in person or telehealth - is a great way to help with their care.
Click for the Doctor's Visit Checklist 
How to Talk to Doctors Video

Care Chat
You can chat on line with other caregivers  - anonymously. Or maybe read questions other caregivers like you have asked and answered.
Care Chat: List of Chats
Chat: I'm a New Caregiver
Chat: Working Through Frustration and Isolation
and more...
Around the Clock Caregiving
You do it all - all day. Here you can get practical tips for moving your loved one, going to the bathroom, showering, eating and more.
Tips for Caring Around the Clock 
Symptom Reporting Guide
Make the most of each medical visit by preparing with this handy list.
Click for the Crisis Symptom Reporting Guide 
Emergency Room Visits
Sometimes, it's time to go to the ER. This guide will help you make the most of your visit. 
Click here for 10 Tips for the ER 
10 Tips for Caregivers
Check out these proven 10 Tips for Caregivers that will help you care for your loved one and yourself.
Click here for 10 Tips