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Caregiving Tips: How to Get Organized for 2015

Getting organized in all aspects of life is a common New Year’s resolution. As a caregiver for an aging loved one, you probably want to streamline your duties and make your day-to-day life easier. Today, the Lancaster in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance are going to present some of our favorite organization tips that will help prepare you for a bright 2015.

1. Keep Track of Important Papers – Having all of your loved one’s important documents in a safe, easily accessible place will make your life much easier in the event of an emergency. This includes health insurance paperwork, living will or power of attorney, and any other legal or health-related documents that you as a caregiver need access to. Develop a simple filing system to keep them close at hand.

2. Seek Support – If you haven’t already, now is a good time to solicit help from other family members. Try a shared online calendar or other system to figure out how much time you’re spending with your loved one, and figure out when other relatives can help out. This is especially important if you also work or are caring for children of your own. If you don’t have family close by, look into church and community groups that may be able to offer assistance, or local in-home care providers that offer Lancaster hourly care and live-in care.

3. Do Your Research  – Many organizations provide support for family caregivers, ranging from respite care to financial assistance to a shoulder to lean on in the form of advice from others in your shoes. As you enter the New Year, this is a great time to explore what types of caregiver resources exist in your community and how you can best leverage these resources in the coming months.

Caring for aging relatives can be challenging. But by taking these steps to get organized, you’re preparing yourself for a better 2015. For family caregivers who are looking for support services, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Lancaster at (717) 540-4663. Our friendly Care Mangers are available 24/7 and can provide you with the caregiving support you need to enjoy 2015 as a family member, not a caregiver.