When Mom was first diagnosed with her terminal illness, we invested in an inexpensive digital blood pressure monitor, a digital thermometer, and because she is constantly on oxygen, an inexpensive oxygen saturation meter. Every day I take her blood pressure and oxygen saturation readings first thing in the morning, early evening, and the last thing at night and record these readings in a journal. When we go to the doctor or when she has been in the hospital, I stay with her and record all of the nurse's vital readings as well. Having the journal to show the physician gives a better over-all view of her situation.
Caregiver, don't think you can rely on your memory! Trust me! You won't remember all of the details, especially when it is an emergency and you are grabbing your purse and their meds and jumping into the rescue squad for a mad dash to the emergency room! It is better to write everything down and remember where the paper is!
A journal is also especially helpful if more than one person is giving care for a loved one, or when you have someone come in to be with the loved one while you are away. A list of all medications and when they are given is a must when there is shared responsibilities!
Your journal doesn't have to be fancy forms. If you prefer forms, that's great but it can be as simple as a spiral notebook. Find what works for you and use it! However, I do advise against using small pieces of scrap paper unless it is just to make a quick note that you later transfer to your journal. Small pieces of paper have a way of getting lost, while a larger notebook is easy to find!
Caregiver, if you are not in the habit of note keeping, please, please get in the habit of doing that where your loved one is concerned! It will save you so much grief!
And as always, ask the Lord for guidance and wisdom for whatever you do in your role as caregiver. And when you don't see a clear leading, do what you would want done for you if the roles were reversed. Keep looking up, and keep moving forward!
There are a number of forms on the internet that are free for personal use. A particularly good reference is "Caring for Elderly Parents" and is available at the U.S. Department of State website at the following link:
Another very good resource is "A Handbook for Family Caregivers of Patients with Serious Illness" which includes printable forms. It is available in an Adobe .pdf format at the following link:
Because I work a great deal on the computer, I have created several forms that have been very helpful for me. I am including them below and you are welcome to copy and print them for your personal use. They are in a .jpg format (as a photo). With your mouse pointer on the image, you can right click and save the image to your computer.