How to Build a Family Schedule for Caregiving

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on May 16, 2021

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 DoTime RequiredWho 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

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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.

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