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Caring for Others: Resources to Help You

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Daughter helping mother sort medications, parent giving infant liquid medicine, adult daughter with elderly parents, caretaker showing the right way to dispose of sharpsTaking care of family and friends is a normal part of every day for most women. It can be fun and rewarding to spend time with those who need you. It can also present you with new challenges.

Are you looking for tips to help you with caregiving? You are not alone! FDA has resources to help you keep your loved ones as healthy as they can be.

Helping with Medicines and Medical Devices

Many women and other family caregivers, like you, worry about making a medical mistake. These tips can help you keep your loved one safe and on track with their treatments. 

1. Keep a list of medicines for each person you care for. Include over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, vitamins and herbs. Keep this list with you at all times. Bring this list to doctor visits. Remember to ask any questions you may have.
 
2. Give the right amount of medicine. Ask the healthcare provider how much medicine you should give and when you should give it. Use the measuring cup or device that comes with the medicine.
 
3. Lock up medicines. Make sure medicines are taken by the person it was meant for. Keep medicines out of reach of children, teens and older adults who can harm themselves.
 
4. Use home medical devices safely. Talk to a doctor about how to safely use medical devices. Ask the doctor to show you and your loved one how to use the device correctly.

More information on using medications and devices safely:

Preparing Food Safely

Those you care for may have a higher risk of getting sick from bad food. Ask your doctor if there are certain foods that you should not give to your loved one. Also, remember food safety when preparing meals.

Managing Other Concerns

Use these resources to help overcome some common caregiving challenges.

Learning about Your Loved One's Health Condition

Read important tips on a variety of topics.

Caring for Yourself 

When caring for someone else, it is easy to forget your own needs. Remember to take time to care for your own health. Use these tips to help you stay healthy for those who need you.

Caring for Others: Tips for Medicines and Devices – Partner Toolkit

Use the Partner Toolkit to connect caregivers in your community to resources to help them manage the care of their loved ones. This toolkit provides resources that you and your networks can use to help support caregivers, including sample social media messages and graphics.

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