Agency on Aging

A Check List for Providing Good Care

Caregivers Corner: A Check List for Providing Good Care

Caring for another person is a major responsibility.  As with any challenging task, there are ways to make it easier, with preparation and planning.  Whether it’s hosting the holiday dinner for fifteen relatives or tackling a major problem at work, a check list is your best friend.  As we think about the things that caregivers have to do to provide good care for their loved ones, we see elements of a check list that emerges.


Education: educate yourself about your loved one’s condition; explore your options

  • Talk with the doctor
  • Research the Internet
  • Learn how to provide any special care that’s needed

Explore Options: Identify community resources

  • Review the specific things that must be done daily, weekly, monthly
  • Assign someone the responsibility for getting each done (not all of them done by you)

Identify Resources: create a list of people who can help

  • Call your local Agency on Aging
  • Consider hiring a care manager
  • Review the Info-Line Internet database
  • Get information on Adult Day Centers
  • Contact disease specific organizations

Create lists: List the tasks that someone other than you could do

  • Make a list of people who know the person you care for or know and love you
  • Look at both lists and determine who to ask for help with each task


  • Make a list of all the doctors, laboratories, therapists and pharmacies you use
  • Make a list of all the diagnoses and allergic conditions of the person for whom you provide care
  • Create a financial file with health insurance information, life insurance, bank information
  • Make multiple photocopies of important documents such as birth certificate, license, Social Security card, Medicare card

Make a Care Plan Ask the person you care for about his/her wishes

  • Develop a log for medications, meals, doctor visits
  • Check the household for accessibility and safety
  • Make a visitor log

Plan for the Future

  • Know the prognosis
  • Discuss advanced directives
  • Assess finances
  • Consult with an attorney about Power of Attorney
  • Create a long term care plan

Don’t go it alone.  We are here to help. Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 203-785-8533, option 4.