She has created an easy-to-use tool to make personalized Caregiving Plans and Agreements which takes into account both the needs of the caregiver(s) and care recipient. Because the health needs of a family member can suddenly change, taking the time to create a detailed plan will reduce stress when and if this happens.
"When the condition of a care recipient results in altering daily affairs, everyone involved is affected. When such a change occurs, it is better to have a plan in place, rather than making decisions under pressure. By talking about and formalizing details, you can avoid difficulties now and later." -- Donna Randall
Donna serves families in the Greater Victoria area and beyond (online). Check out her website and blog of informative and touching senior caregiving stories. If you would like to share your caregiving experiences, please get in touch with her via her website.
How the Essential Family Caregiving Agreement came to be:
Donna developed The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement from personal experience with her own elder mother who had an unexpected sudden health decline. Through this, she experienced numerous caregiving complexities involving the health care system, health services, and lack thereof. She had to navigate these systems while going from one crisis to another. She determined that there must be a better way to help families and individuals who are caring for someone with health problems, medical challenges, and finally palliative care needs. Later, when another caregiving responsibility arose with another family member, Donna and her family consulted lawyers to ask for advice. Lawyers strongly recommended a formal family caregiving agreement. After searching for one and finding none, Donna created The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement and Guidance Materials using her professional writing and research skills, as well as her personal experiences. It is her goal to streamline the process for those contemplating the responsibility of family caregiving with her main focus on helping those looking after an aging and ailing family member. Donna has worked with many non-profits (health, education and arts sectors) in her capacity as a professional writer and has a Masters of Arts degree.
Is the care of a loved one in your hands? Donna at DFRENT.org can help. Email: dfr (at) dfrent (dot) org.