Care recipient (cr) is injured and unable to do many household tasks while recovering has not thought about how cleaning shopping meal preparation pet and plant care etc will occur during recovery period caregiver (cg) worried that cr assumes incorrectly cg will handle everything

Try: #sit down once or several times with the cr help him or her plan let the cr know kindly but firmly that you are unable for your own reasons to take on the responsibility of doing all the tasks and chores #encourage the cr to write down a list of tasks and chores that will need to take place during recovery note which ones the cr can still do or partly do write one task per line and leave several spaces between lines #upon reviewing the list consider scratching out those tasks and chores that aren’t vital and can be postponed or done less frequently #make a list of people and resources who might help get the necessary tasks and chores done the list can include the cr and the cg but may also include family members close friends or volunteers from a service organization hired assistants professional cleaners caterers home service medical personnel senior service organization volunteers hospice workers or faith-based professionals working out of faith centers #contact those people and agencies to begin asking and arranging for their assistance in specific areas while the cr works on health issues

Materials: Meeting between cr and cg large pad of writing paper and a pen list of tasks chores that need to take place during the cr’s recovery period list of people and resources who might help accomplish the necessary tasks and chores

Categories: Maintenance, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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