By: Karin Pauly, founder of Caring for Nancy

I’ve spent a lot of time lately reflecting on what caregivers are going through. And, I’ve wondered what would be most helpful for you at this time. During times of uncertainty and chaos I recommend focusing on the basics ─ like your mental and physical health and the health of your loved one.

What is a Caregiving Plan?

Adding to that list of basics is a Caregiving Plan. A caregiving plan is an individualized plan created for your loved one, and lays out what needs to be done to manage their mental and physical health now and in the future. It helps you prepare for what’s to come, and reduce your stress and workload. Plans may include:

  • The wishes of your loved one 
  • Developing a care team 
  • Understanding finances 
  • Completing legal documents 
  • Planning for care in the home or in a long-term care facility
  • Managing medical care for your loved one 

Having a caregiver plan is one of the most important and basic necessities I recommend for all caregivers. But, creating one doesn’t have to be overwhelming. 

Download the Caregiver Planning Guide

Knowing where to start when creating your plan can be frustrating. To make this process easier, I have developed a Caregiver Planning Guide that walks you through creating your own caregiving plan. It takes you step-by-step through the process and includes helpful blank pages where you can write down your own plan.

Your caregiving journey is unique, and your caregiving plan will be too. This guide is what I wish I had when I started taking care of my mother many years ago, and now I am giving it to you. 

Take it Step by Step!

Download the FREE guide, print it, and grab a pencil! Take it step-by-step, one section at a time. When you’re finished you’ll feel more confident and prepared for the future. 

My wish is that you find guidance and support within the pages of the Caregiver Planning Guide to make your caregiving experience a better one. If you find you need help completing your plan, contact me at

P.S. Are You Feeling Burnt Out?

If you are constantly feeling stressed, exhausted, and overworked as a caregiver, I can help! Caregiver burnout is real and serious. Give me a call at 612-388-2672 or email me to schedule a one-on-one caregiver session. I’ll listen to you to your concerns and challenges. I’ll then create an action plan that includes solutions and resources to help you. I’ll provide you with actionable steps you can take immediately. Go from “I can’t do this” to “I know what I can do.” Please don’t suffer alone. Help is just a phone call away. 

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