Recently I was talking to a caregiver and they shared they “just have trouble trying to get everything done and stay organized”. I thought about this for a few weeks and the idea of a caregiver notebook was born.
The Caregivers Notebook was created to help caregivers keep track of appointments, medications, weights, vitals, behaviors, and the disease progress.
The Caregivers Notebook can be taken to doctor’s appointments with you and will help your doctor see a better picture of your loved one’s progress. The doctor will be able to see a years worth of your documentation. This will help him better manage the plan of care for your loved one.
Often visits to a doctor's office are brief and vague. A spouse may tell the doctor "he acts out all the time". This does not give the doctor a very good picture of what the home situation is really like. Your idea of all the time and my version of all the time could be two completely different amounts of time. One could be several times a day and the other could be a couple of times a month. When you have the changes written down on the tracker form, they become very clear to your doctor. This can help him determine if a medication needs to be added or a change is needed to medicine already being taken.
Another tracking form in the Caregivers Notebook tracks the progression of the disease, which helps everyone involved provide the appropriate care. It also helps to recognize when it is time to add more help in the home, whether that is medical equipment or extra helping hands.
This notebook is also designed for family or sitters who can sit with your loved one while you take time for yourself. This book should be their resource to help them provide the same care you would. This will allow you to step out of your caregiver role for a while, but have peace of mind because your fill-in has the necessary information needed to provide the care.
There are 10 sections to the binder. Along with the information provided in the Caregivers Notebook, there are directions on how to use the tracking forms, the home safety checklist, and disaster preparedness information is provided.
The Caregivers Notebook is available as a 3 ring binder with sturdy forms to write on and is designed to be used for the whole year.
This notebook is a great resource to help your doctor understand the changes you are going through, and can help guide the care needed for your loved one.
The cost for this tool to help organize the care and track the Alzheimers progress in your home is $49
The Caregivers Notebook is also available as an E-book, which is a PDF file and can be downloaded for immediate use. The forms are in Excel format and can either be printed or used in your computer.
The cost for this tool to help organize the care and track the Alzheimers progress in you home is $19.
Do you need help keeping track of appointments, medicines, vital signs, weights, meals, bowels, and behaviors?
Do you know what stage of Alzheimer's Disease your loved one is in?
Do you know what to watch for next?
Do you have sitters coming in and need to have a better system to help them provide the best care?
Does your loved one have behaviors that you should be tracking?
Do you have all of the information written down you need when you go to your doctor visits to help them understand what needs you may have?
The Caregivers Notebook will help you organize and document the care needed in your home and provide clear direction to those who help you care for your loved one.