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‘It’s so difficult trying to share all these pieces of information with so many different carers. They don’t have long and can’t possibly read a whole file before every visit. I worry that something important will get missed or her needs won’t be understood.’
If you or someone you care for has difficulties communicating their needs and preferences to visiting carers, then our Mycarematters charts could be just what you’re looking for.
In an ideal world there would be detailed introductions, shared life histories and time for carers to really get to know someone, but sadly for bank or agency staff this is often not possible.
Our Mycarematters charts detail the sorts of non-medical information you would want people to know about you; from how you drink your tea to the difficulties you have dressing, your preferred radio station to your lifelong career as a teacher.[Image of a filled in care chart in close-up here. Suggestions of content below]
Your preferred name Your preferred radio station Your aversion to gravy/custard
Needing the window open/a night light to get to sleep. Teaching career
Family : a daughter and two grand-children. Grieving for late wife
These nuggets of information can make an enormous difference between physically caring for someone and being able to treat them as a whole person. We all want to feel that our needs, tastes, preferences and life experiences still matter.
Our range of charts provide at-a-glance information which can be regularly updated and portable enough to accompany someone to any appointment, respite care or hospital visit. This ensures all care professionals have immediate access to the key details that will support them to meet needs, initiate conversations and understand the person in their care far more effectively.
In order to provide maximum flexibility when Caring at Home we designed Mycarematters Charts Pack 1, comprising one of each of the following charts:
Standard Care Chart – to hang on the wall
Pocket Chart – to stand on the bedside table, also fits in your pocket or handbag
File size – for the front of the care plan folder
See charts and other products suitable for use at home
You may also want to consider creating a free digital Mycarematters online profile so key information can be shared safely and instantly without the need to carry paper copies: Find out more and create a profile here.