Care Planning Step 4 Research: Providers

As as caregiver we often think of care providers as only home care providers, but the reality is that there are a number of providers who help someone live in their home for as long as they can. When developing your care plan create a table similar to the one below. Add or remove Service Providers based on the care recipient and your own need. Once you are happy with the information and the schedule, transcribe the visits on to a daily calendar that everyone can view and put it in your phone, along with the Service Provider and their contact information. A quick way to do that is to take a picture of the spreadsheet.

Image 1. Example of a Service Provider Table
Image 1. Example of a Service Provider List

This approach allows you to work through which services can be outsourced to a company or someone else in the support network and which ones do you need/want to provide. Organizing the information by type of service enables anyone else who helps out to see who to contact as required.

I also recommend that if you are not living with the care recipient, you ask that all the service providers sign in. That way if you need to keep track of who visited when, whether it's to make sure they fulfilled the service properly or to pay them on time, this list will ensure you and the care recipient are not trying to work from memory.

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