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7 Tips for All Caregivers: Be Prepared.

Here, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are tips for caregivers:

  1. Keep a list of medicines for each person you care for. Include over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, vitamins and herbs. Keep this list with you at all times. Bring this list to doctor visits. Remember to ask any questions you may have.
  1. Give the right amount of medicine. Ask the healthcare provider how much medicine you should give and when you should give it. Use the measuring cup or device that comes with the medicine.
  1. Lock up medicines.Make sure medicines are taken by the person it was meant for. Keep medicines out of reach of children, teens and older adults who can harm themselves.
  1. Make food safety a priority. Those you care for may have a higher risk of getting sick from bad food. Ask your doctor if there are certain foods that you should not give to your loved one. Also, remember food safety when preparing meals. Follow four easy rules: clean, separate, cook and chill.
  1. Use home medical devices safely. Talk to a doctor about how to safely use medical devices. Ask the doctor to show you and your loved one how to use the device correctly. Also, get the facts about hearing aids.
  1. Be prepared for the unexpected. Make a plan for how you will care for your loved one in case of an emergency. Have back up supplies and medical information. Notify your electric company and fire department if you have a medical device that needs power.

Take Time for You and Your Health

When caring for someone else, it is easy to forget your own needs. Remember to take time to care for your own health. Use these tips to help you stay healthy for those who need you.

This article, along with additional information, originally appeared here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/WomensHealthTopics/ucm467701.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery