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My Complete Caregiving Organizer, by Pat Dranchak
My Complete Caregiving Organizer by Pat Dranchak is exactly what it says it is: a comprehensive collection of forms, charts, lists, and ideas to help the caregiver(s) get and remain organized. The author developed this tool from over eleven years of caregiving, and has covered seemingly every aspect of providing care for a loved one.
The organizer is available in different formats (see below). I reviewed the spiral binder, which is broken into sections for personal, contact, insurance, and medical information; medications; legal documents; health tracking; care plans; and physician visits. A cover sheet provides a checklist of forms and information to include in an emergency packet, good for doctor or ER visits, or for emergency medical personnel.
The section on medications allows you to compile a list of, and provide detailed information on, medications, and record a daily medications schedule. One thing missing is space to enter e-mail addresses in the provider and support contact sections. My wife and I contact many of our providers, including our home health provider and some physicians, by e-mail. We get a better response for routine business this way.
The organizer is also available as a digital download, e-book, on CD-ROM, and in a three-ring binder (two versions). According to their Web site, the CD-ROM contains the same sections and forms as the spiral-bound version and one of the two binder versions. The second binder version (master system) contains all these sections and forms, plus sections for insurance claim logs, checklists, journal/notes, and more.
The digital download and the CD-ROM versions allow you the convenience of filling in forms on your computer, while in the other versions, you fill in forms by hand. The advantage of the binder versions is that additional forms can be placed in the proper sections, although these versions are much pricier than the others.
The Caregiving Organizer begins with seven well-written pages on using the organizer and structuring your caregiving organization. It should be extremely valuable to those new to caregiving, and will provide reminders and ideas for “seasoned” caregivers. Each section is preceded by a page of information/instructions. Compiling detailed information in one book allows persons other than the primary caregiver(s) to easily access all the information necessary to provide care and handle emergencies. For those of us who have tried to organize all of our information in various places on our own computers, using one of the digital versions of the Organizer would seem to be a tremendous time saver. This organizer should allow even the least organized among us to take charge of the responsibilities of caregiving, and do it safely and efficiently.
My Complete Caregiving Organizer: spiral bound, $24.95; binder (standard), $44.95; master system, $74.95; digital download, $24.95; CD-ROM, $29.95; e-book, $14.95. Available through PLD Caring Solutions, 230 Dorcas Ct., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054; (856) 552-1378; or atmyfingertips.us.com.
LifelineLetter, September/October 2012