Your care needs checklist

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Questions to ask yourself before finding a caregiver.

Will anyone else in the family or on my care team want to be involved in this decision? If so, who?
How much time will I have to manage on-going care?
What’s my approximate monthly budget for care? Does the care recipient have long-term care insurance?
How soon do I need to set up care?
Do I need someone at a regularly-scheduled time or on a flexible schedule?
Do I need a caregiver who speaks a language other than English? Which language?
Do I need a caregiver with a car? If so, will I have to pay for mileage and gas or just time?
Do I need someone who can safely lift a certain amount of weight? How much?
Are there any special instructions I want to discuss?
Personality quirks
Mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, phobias…)
Food preferences
Medication schedule
Anger or aggression issues
Do I need someone with specialized training?
  • Parkinson’s
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • MS
  • Other?
What kind of care do I need help with?
  • Personal care such as bathing, toileting, hair care, nail care, shaving or dressing
  • Exercise (doctor prescribed)
  • Walking
  • Mobility to guard against falls
  • Memory care for dementia
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal planning and cooking
  • Feeding or help eating
  • Staying hydrated
  • Wellness check in
  • Companionship
  • Transportation to social events and appointments
  • Housekeeping – changing bedding, tidying, doing laundry
  • Organization and projects such as cleaning out drawers, organizing photos, changing light bulbs, etc.
  • Medication reminders
  • Prescription drop off and pick up
  • Support post-surgery or other acute medical episode
  • Supplemental care in Assisted Living or other medical facility
Any other activities the care recipient needs help with or wants company during?
  • Filling the bird feeder
  • Watering or gardening
  • Walking the dog
  • Painting, drawing, pottery
  • Facebook status updates
  • Email or computer support
  • Tablet or e-Reader
  • Puzzles
  • Trivia games
  • Listening to music
  • Meditation
  • Bocce
  • Downloading music, movies, TV shows, books
  • Other
We suggest you print this checklist, add to it if necessary, and share with other family members and your loved one.