This comprehensive caregiver’s guide to heart health includes time management tips, a getting started checklist, an editable scheduling template, and more!
Becoming a family caregiver can be challenging. From learning about your loved one’s heart condition to balancing new responsibilities with your current ones, the transition can be overwhelming for many. Where should you start? What do you need to know? What needs to be done now, and what can wait until you settle into your role as a caregiver?
To help you answer those questions, we’ve compiled a comprehensive caregiver’s guide to supporting a loved one with heart health issues. This free, downloadable caregiver resource includes the following sections:
What Does It Mean To Be A Caregiver?
“Family caregiver” is a broad term encompassing many different roles. Learn more about the different types of family caregivers, what to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed by becoming a caregiver, and how to use this guide to help set up a long-term care system for your loved one.
Time Management Tips For Caregivers
As a caregiver, you might not have much time to spare, and busy schedules might leave you feeling drained. While we can’t give you more hours in the day, implementing tried and tested time management tips can help you make the most of your time.
Getting Started As A Caregiver: A Checklist
If you’re looking for concrete steps to get started as a caregiver, we’ve got you covered. From what you should learn about your loved one’s health to organizing legal and financial documents, our Getting Started Checklist covers the basics so you can feel confident entering your new role.
Caregiver Organizational Tools
Caregivers have a lot on their plate. To help you stay organized, we’ve created three tools for you to use:
- Quick Reference Guide: Organize your loved ones’ medical history, needs, and routine into one place in case you are unable to provide care or need to share daily details with your care team.
- Provider List: Compile doctor contact information and specialties into one place using this editable template. Easily share the template with others on your care team so everyone has access when they need it.
- Weekly Caregiver Planner: Our most in-depth resource allows you to track medication reminders, appointments, notes, and more into one easy-to-use template created specifically for caregivers. With an editable Google Sheets option and a printable PDF version, you can easily customize your schedule and share it with your care team.
Questions Caregivers Should Ask Their Loved One’s Doctor
Understanding your loved one’s condition is crucial to supporting their long-term health. Prepare for your loved one’s next doctor visit by taking this list of questions with you. From diagnosis and treatment options to insurance and lifestyle changes, you’ll know exactly what to ask the doctor after reading this resource for caregivers.