My Caregiver Business Card

Recently I  wrote about creating my own, Caregiver Cards, a business cards for caregivers. I wanted the front contain my contact information and the back, Mom’s medication. The amount of medications Mom is on would not fit on the back of a standard business card, even if I went vertical or had the font size at a 4.

So I kept the contact information and then on the back as you can see I added by tag line and a QR scan. People can either enter my site address or simply scan it to be directed to my site. My site has a link to Mom’s information which includes important medical history, medications, allergies, reactions and her doctors’ contact information.

I made my Caregiver Cards, below, for a grand total of $26.95 for 250 caregiver cards. If I made them using the Every Business card paper stock, the price is $17.99 for 200 blank cards), which does not include the coast of the ink and such. In the long run I think the price balances itself out.

Care Business Card, Front 04172014

Care Business Card, Back 04172014

This is better than having Mom carrying around a flash drive or disc and then having to get it from her to update it as needed. All I do is go in after an appointment and make any necessary changes and then copy and paste that new information into an email and send that to Mom’s “Wondering List”–my brothers, our wives and Mom’s sister.  If I don’t do this mass email or text then I get calls or texts from all of them and am having to repeat myself six or seven times. This way the information is in hard print and they know exactly what everyone else knows.

What changes would you make? What information do you think I left off, if any? Let me know your thoughts; I’m very interested in hearing what you think of the idea of a Caregivers Card. Do you think something like this is necessary? This has to be the shortest blog post I’ve ever done.

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About Richard

My name is Richard (@kreisr1), I am a Tri-Fecta caregiver, for my mother who has COPD among other health issues. I co-care for my brother in-law who has epilepsy and co-care with my wife's for myself, I deal with Chronic Back Pain.entire life and now after living alone, in a care facility and a group home setting we had to move him in with us to provide him with the care he needs.  Finally, with my wife who is also my co-caregiver I care for myself, I have had chronic pain (mid-low back) for 21-1/2 years thanks to a drunk driver.  I write my own blog, pickyourpain.org where I share my pain with humor, as I see thing, "Pain Without Humor is Just Painful."  I am involved with caregiving.com in several ways, as well as participating in several of the weekly caregiving.com blogs, I also am involved in their Twitter chats, I also host the following groups, SPOT (Stamp Procrastination Out Today), A Task A Day, The Men's Group, Healthy Caregiver and several others.  I am also the moderator for the Caregiving.com Quiz Show and have a seat on the bi-monthly Hot Topic's show. I'm here to not only improve Roberts life, the lives of those I touch on caregiving.com and pickyourpain.org but to find a way to improve my own live.

7 thoughts on “My Caregiver Business Card

  1. RoaringMouse

    This is a fantastic idea. If I do speak at a Gerontology Conference next month…I’d like to take your idea with me…In fact…I’m going to add it into my presentation for the statewide I’m doing next week. The only thing I might question…is that on the card…it shows no relationship outright to your mom. If you get inexperienced staff they may just ignore the card. Please keep me posted on this project!

    RoaringMouse

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  2. Avatar of RichardRichard Post author

    RoaringMouse, “Great minds think alike.” I had that idea also and in my first few designs it was in there but it never looked right. I had something to the effect of, “Richard, Caregiver for Mom, Carol.” The issue was if I’m there for Robert, that would be an entirely new card, so I had to go basic. Thanks for reading and offering suggestions.

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    • Avatar of DeniseDenise

      Hi,

      I think the idea of a business card is great. I also think the card needs to include detailed information so those who receive the card know the purpose of the card.

      I’m not sure how I find information about your mom on your website. And, “care provider” to me sounds like you have an agency I can use to hire help.

      My suggestion would be to eliminate references to your website and to simply include something like the following:

      Front:
      Richard Kreis
      (your cell phone number)

      I care for:
      –My mom, Carol;
      –My brother-in-law, Robert.

      (You may need to include last names.)

      Additional contact information (email address, home phone)

      Back:
      For details about medical information about Carol and Robert (such as doctors, medications and medical information), please contact me.

      Or something similar.

      As for sharing updated information with the family, could you use a file storage service like Dropbox? You can share documents and still keep the documents private. I worry about giving anyone access to your mom’s medical information.

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  3. Avatar of RichardRichard Post author

    Denise,

    The idea of the basic business card is understandable. The site connection to my moms info is so the doctors can go on and view X-rays from say her heart surgery or medical forms from her lung surgery, all the major visits, as well as her current med list, not for anyone and everyone. I thought of the card being generic and for the life of me could not figure out how to go. I finally did when responding to RoaringMoure’s message this morning and that is to go with a line similar to:
    I provide assistance to _____________.

    Then I would just fill in the name of who every I’m with. I could even have went with this same concept with:

    I’m _________________and I provide care to _________ _____

    Thanks Denise for all the help over this last 1-1/2 years (+/-).

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  4. Avatar of JaneJane

    I totally missed this post or I saw it and then didn’t get back to read it. This is such an awesome idea. I love Denise’s suggestion. I am going to check out getting some of these business cards as soon as I make Nicole’s installment for her summer college tuition.

    I would never have thought of this myself. I also love the dropbox suggestion. I think but I’m not sure you can do the same thing in Evernote. I really need to get Nicole’s current records especially electronic. I am not as meticulous as Richard is and I really need to be.

    I have to change my attitude and just concern myself with Nicole’s health issues and her financial issues and let her be the adult that she is (or society says she is) and handle school and her other issues herself.

    Once again, I am so glad that I found this…

    Hugs:o)
    Jane

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