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How to Build a Family Schedule for Caregiving

Your family and friends can be a big source of help if you find that taking care of your loved one is more than you can handle on your own. Get together with them as a group and talk about how to share the work. Bring this list with you to help figure out who does what.

Things to Do Time Required Who Can Help?/How Often?
Change bed linen    
Give a bath    
Turn and reposition    
Get to the shower or tub    
Help with bathroom needs    
Dress and groom    
Feed breakfast    
Feed lunch    
Feed dinner    
Prepare meals & snacks    
Provide wound care/exercise/therapy/other nursing care    
Give medications    
Do laundry    
Shop for food or other essentials    
Take to the doctor    
Find information about legal or financial issues    
Write checks/manage finances    
Find information about community resources and support services    
Clean house    
Do yard work    
Keep up maintenance of the car    
Care for other family members    
Take to religious or social events    
Other tasks


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on February 22, 2015

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