Tips From Veteran Caregivers

  • Know what your needs are and clearly communicate them with your home health care team.
  • Educate yourself on your child’s diagnosis, including the signs and symptoms of your child becoming ill.
  • Have a list of “household dos and don’ts” and communicate them to your home health care team.
  • Work with your home health care team to develop a schedule for your child so they can maintain a consistent routine.
  • Use a dry erase or chalkboard to communicate and organize things like when to order new supplies.
  • Educate your family, friends, and home health care team about how to comfort your child and other nuances.
  • Accept help when it’s offered and use that time to rest and recharge your batteries.
  • Keep a running list of questions for your physician so you aren’t forced to remember in the moment and no question is left unanswered.
  • Maintain a calendar to help you plan all of your appointments, errands, and tasks.
  • Reach out to other parents in your situation for support. They understand what you are going through.

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