Violanda Gallo January 6, 2021 Family Checklist
Think of the many areas where you could develop a checklist and make your life safer, easier, and more predictable. Is it tech failure? (What to do when your hard drive crashes) Health Problems? (If you or your child is really not feeling well, what to look for and do?) Family Emergency? (Who calls whom, where are the healthcare proxies, and who is in charge of what?) Workplace Emergencies? (Weather issues, security problems, and accidents.) Would not it be easier, under these circumstances to pull up a sheet then try to figure out, in sixty seconds, what you are forgetting?
You can use these checklists at any stage of the person`s recovery to chart progress, identify improvements, and spot problems. If the person you expect to provide care for has not been discharged yet from the hospital or rehabilitation program, you can share this list with therapists. You can then use it to work together to plan the person`s care, including how much assistance and independence you can expect. It also gives you a starting point to track further progress after the person comes home with you as caregiver. If you are already caring for or supervising a family member at home, then it is important to include everyone in the discussion. There needs to be agreement among everyone providing care on the individual`s current level of skill and decision making abilities in order to safely promote greater independence.
You can do all this with a Daily Planning Sheet (you may have to create one), a pen, a timer, a calculator and a decision. It is best to do this on a computer and there is no more ideal tool than a Spreadsheet like Excel. You can work up a template (simple or complicated) that will allow you to do all the above points in just a few minutes (literally less than 5).
If you do not have checklists for the routine things you do, like traveling or getting groceries, you could be missing out on a huge time saver. A checklist is simply a list of things you need to check to perform your task. This made sound so simple you do not even want to go through the trouble of typing up the list - but if you try this approach you will find that packing goes faster, easier, and is less stressful.