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If you’ve recently taken on the role of caregiver for a senior loved one, you may feel as if you are drowning in a sea of paperwork. After every physician appointment, your stack of papers climbs higher. Organizing all this important information so it can be accessed easily may feel overwhelming.
The key is to create a system that is easy to maintain and update. That will make you more likely to use it. We have a few tips to help you get started.
Organizing a Parent’s Medical Information
The first step is to sort all your parent’s medical information by topic or category. A few suggestions include:
How to Store Medical Information
Many families prefer an old-fashioned approach to storing documents. A large three-ring binder with tabs for each category can be quickly set up and easily maintained. If you choose this option, create at least one backup copy to store in a safe, secure location.
There are also a variety of digital solutions for storing important medical information. Most are easy to access and share.
A few medical storage apps you can explore include:
Apps like these are often a good solution for families where multiple siblings are involved in caregiving.
Get to Know Sunrise Senior Living
Planning for the future is important when you are a caregiver for a senior loved one. Getting to know local senior care resources will allow you to create both an emergency back-up plan and a strategy for handling future care needs.
We extend an open invitation to you to visit Sunrise Senior Living. With options ranging from independent and assisted living to memory care and skilled nursing, our communities offer care solutions to meet seniors’ needs. Call us today to schedule a private tour!