As a family caregiver, you’re probably short on time and energy. It’s difficult to stay on top of all that needs to be done, and at some point you may find yourself without an essential element of care. It might be shampoo, diapers, disposable gloves, dressings, or something similar. This is inconvenient, but not life threatening. But what if you run out of medicine or oxygen? That’s a different matter entirely.
It’s helpful to keep a list of equipment and supplies you’re using. This will enable a quick inventory on a weekly basis to prevent running out. You’re probably thinking, “Not something else to do!” However, a few minutes making out a list will save time and aggravation in the future.
If you use oxygen tanks, always take one or two more than you think necessary on an outing. Delays happen for any number of reasons. Running out can cause panic for your loved one and worse. As their blood oxygen level falls, they may become confused, agitated, and difficult to control.
If you run out of sterile dressings or protective gloves, there is increased risk of infection. Medicines can be ordered as you set up the week’s scheduled doses and notice which ones are running out, but generally it’s helpful to keep a list of all equipment and supplies you need so items aren’t forgotten.
Make multiple copies of your list for easy check-off and/or marking the items that need to be replenished. You can then take the list with you and not worry about forgetting something.