Make a Difference: Tell Us About Your Caregiving Day

Denise

Make a Difference: Tell Us About Your Caregiving Day

Denise
The daily log will act as a window into your day. The daily log will act as a window into your day.


At the end of your day, you're spent. And you probably wonder why.

It's because of how much you do. And, we would like to show you just how much you and every family caregiver really does during a day.

A few weeks ago, Rajiv Mehta approached me with an idea to learn about the responsibility and rigor a family caregiver's day entails.

For those who don’t know Raj, his work focuses on empowering people to better understand and manage their family’s health. He consults on family-caregiver innovation, is founder of Unfrazzle, a board member of the Family Caregiver Alliance, and co-organizer of Quantified Self. He studied at Princeton, Stanford and Columbia, and has experience leading innovation for Apple, Adobe, Interval Research and Symbol.

Raj and I connected with @thpurplejacket (Chris), who cares for his partner, to develop and fine tune a way to capture your day in a “A Day in the Life of a Family Caregiver” log. You know Chris from his blog on Caregiving.com and from his website, ThePurpleJacket. (Chris had to step away from our project for the time being as his caregiving situation has intensified.)

We believe an insight into your day will help us be better advocates for family caregivers and help services providers and product developers create the products and services you really need.

We also hope the log acts as a window into your day. Last week, we asked five family caregivers to test our log; they discovered that completing the log gave them helpful insights into the reality of their days.

Who should complete the log? Anyone who helps and cares for a family member or friend because of an illness, injury, disability or frailty. You may care from a distance, in your caree's home or in your home. You may help a few days a week or every day. Whatever your involvement in helping a family member, we want to know about your day.

To better understand your day, we've created a daily log, available as a PDF or a spreadsheet, for you to use. You can print the PDF so you can write down your day; once complete, simply scan your log to return to us. If you prefer, you can use the spreadsheet to document your day and then return to us.

Pick a day in the next week or so and then track your caregiving tasks, responsibilities and reminders as well as what you do for your own health and well-being. The log also asks you to jot down how you feel as you complete your tasks and reminders as well as indicate which tasks and responsibilities you would delegate if you could.

With your completed logs, we can create a snapshot of your life as a family caregiver. The picture of your day will help us better understand your needs. We'll share details about the logs as soon as we can. Look for video chats and webinars discussing what we learn in the future.

Download a PDF version and/or an Excel version of the log. You can print the PDF so you can write down your day; once complete, simply scan your log to return to us. If you prefer, you can use the spreadsheet to document your day and then return to us.

When you've completed your log, just go to www.caregiving.com/log/ to share a few details about your situation and to upload your completed PDF or spreadsheet.

(Note: Raj and I discussed the log with a @trish and @kreisler, who tested the log for us. You can watch our discussion, below.)



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