A Caregiver’s Checklist

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Nearly 50 million Americans will provide care to a chronically ill, aged or disabled family member in any given year, meaning we may all be family caregivers at some point. When it comes time for you to lend a helping hand, here is a list of questions to ask when visiting a doctor.

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  • Does this diagnosis put any restrictions on my loved one?
  • As a caregiver, how am I able to help?
  • Are there any resources available for the medications my loved one is taking?
  • What is the plan of treatment from here?
  • What happens if the diagnosis gets worse?
  • Are there foods or exercises my loved one should avoid?
  • Can you provide a copy of my loved one’s medical records?
  • How can I reach you for further questions?