The following list indicates a range of care that may be needed by your loved one. Caregiving responsibilities may be too big to be managed by only one primary caregiver. This list of activities is provided to help you determine your loved ones' needs and to discuss as a family how those needs can best be met -- without draining the primary caregiver.
Things to Do
Who Can Help?/How Often?
Changing bed linen
Giving a bath
Turning & repositioning
Getting to the shower or tub
Meeting bathroom needs
Dressing & grooming
Preparing meals & snacks
Providing wound care/exercises/therapy/other nursing care
Shopping for food or other essentials
Getting patient to the doctor
Finding information about legal and/or financial issues
Writing checks/managing finances
Finding information about community resources and support services
Anita Davis, RN, M.Ed., director of Health Strategies, Nashville, TN. The National Alliance for Caregiving, Bethesda, MD. Family Caregiver Alliance, San Francisco, CA. National Family Caregivers Association, Kensington, MD.