Caregiver Tip: Organizing Paperwork

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One way that caregivers can be a big help is by organizing paperwork. It’s a job that can be done even if you live far away. Getting all of the right information in one place can be a lot of work at first, but once it’s done, many other caregiving tasks will be easier.

Here are some tips to get started:

  • Give yourself plenty of time. If you don’t see the person often, one visit might not be enough to get everything done. Start with the essentials and go from there.
  • Make sure copies of important documents are all in one place. Legal paperwork, like a will or durable power of attorney, should be accessible in an emergency.
  • Use this time to ask about future care plans. If the person has a living will, go over their healthcare preferences with them in case they are ever seriously ill and unable to make decisions on their own.

Find a list of important papers on the NIA website. Don’t forget to make updates if things change over time!

Organizing paperwork is one way that #caregivers provide support. Give yourself plenty of time to get the job done. Get more info: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/organizing-paperwork-tips-caregivers

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