Home Caregiver Supplies and Preparation Checklist

Here's a checklist for brand new home caregivers of supplies and essentials to buy before their patient comes home:

  1. Medical Supplies:

    • Thermometer (digital or oral)
    • Blood pressure monitor
    • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape)
    • Prescription medications and over-the-counter medications as prescribed by the healthcare provider
    • Any specialized medical equipment or supplies recommended by the healthcare provider (such as oxygen tanks, catheters, feeding tubes)
  2. Personal Care Items:

    • Adult diapers or incontinence pads (if needed)
    • Disposable gloves
    • Moisturizing lotion
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Body wash or soap
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Hairbrush or comb
    • Nail clippers
  3. Mobility Aids:

    • Walker or cane
    • Wheelchair (if needed)
    • Bedside commode or raised toilet seat with handles (if needed)
    • Shower chair or bench
  4. Home Safety Equipment:

    • Non-slip bath mats
    • Handrails or grab bars in the bathroom and shower
    • Nightlights for hallways and bedrooms
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Carbon monoxide detector
    • Smoke detector
  5. Home Accessibility:

    • Arrange furniture to create clear pathways for mobility aids
    • Remove tripping hazards such as rugs or loose cords
    • Ensure that light switches and electrical outlets are easily accessible
  6. Comfort Items:

    • Comfortable clothing and shoes
    • Pillows and blankets
    • Entertainment options such as books, puzzles, or music
    • Favorite snacks and beverages
  7. Communication and Organization:

    • Notebook or journal to track medications, appointments, and symptoms
    • Contact information for healthcare providers, emergency contacts, and support services
    • Calendar or planner to schedule appointments and caregiving tasks
  8. Emotional Support:

    • Books or resources on caregiving
    • Support group information or online forums for caregivers
    • Counseling or therapy resources for emotional support
  9. Emergency Preparedness:

    • Emergency contact list
    • Emergency evacuation plan
    • Instructions for administering emergency medications or treatments (if applicable)
    • Backup caregiver or support person contact information
  10. Miscellaneous:

    • Disposable wipes or washcloths
    • Trash bags
    • Paper towels
    • Laundry detergent and supplies
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Portable urinal or bedpan (if needed)

Remember that every caregiving situation is unique, so you may need to customize this checklist based on your loved one's specific needs and preferences. Additionally, don't hesitate to reach out to healthcare professionals, support groups, or other caregivers for guidance and assistance as you navigate your caregiving journey.

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