How can I be a member of the team caring for my loved one?

Designate one person as the primary contact with your family member's healthcare professionals. Assuming that you become the point person, consider these strategies from the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and other experts:
  • Know who to talk to. List the name, title, responsibilities, phone numbers and best time to call for all healthcare professionals involved in your relative's care. This way you'll know who to call in a particular situation.
  • Track the diagnoses. List each medical condition your loved one has been diagnosed with, along with the corresponding healthcare professionals and medications.
  • Ask questions. Don't leave a conversation with a healthcare professional with questions in your mind. Keep a running list of questions to ask during your relative's next medical visit.

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