(Note: This week’s blog is by Annette Adamska, Life + Legacy Organizer.)
Caregivers, I know you’re busy. Not only do you have to manage a slew of information for your loved one, but you have to do the same for your own family. It’s easy to prioritize others’ needs over your own, but collecting and storing vital pieces of information in one place enables you to get ahead and act strategically in anticipation of future needs, instead of feeling reactive to everything that goes on.
Put systems in place to enable you and others to access your loved one’s information when it’s needed. Here are a couple of tips to help get you started:
Use a Password Manager. Your brain is for thinking, not remembering. A password manager enables you to create complex, less hackable passwords without having to remember all of them. It also helps you more easily access information about your loved one that’s stored on online portals (such as medical information) and to access online banking and bill paying. The industry top three are LastPass, 1Password, and Dashlane. (Bonus tip: The Wirecutter is a great online resource that does all the researching and comparisons for you; from home goods to electronics. Here are The Wirecutter’s thoughts on password managers.)
Make it a double! Any task you do for your loved one, also do for yourself. In fact, this can be a way to approach your loved one for information without confrontation. You can approach the conversation as, “I’m doing this task for myself, and I’d love to talk with you and make sure we have everyone’s information that we need, if/when we need it.” This task involves making a list of all contact information, including contacts for emergency situations, healthcare providers, home maintenance, insurance, veterinarian, etc. Be sure all these contacts are in one easily accessible place and that they remain current.
Overwhelmed? Need help or a guiding hand, for either yourself or the person you care for? Please reach out and schedule a complimentary 20 minute consultation call with me to discuss your needs, and how I can help. I’d love to hear from you.