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MAKE A PLAN The most effective caregiving plans are made with the care recipient at the center of the discussion. Armed with the information you gathered from going through our goals and needs checklist, you can begin to explore the options available in the community and bring in other team members to help manage the workload. The plan doesn’t have to be extensive or fancy. You can never foresee every detail or scenario. The plan should include immediate needs as well as broader plans for the future. Use the goals and needs checklist as your guide. Options for addressing needs will depend on finances, the willingness of any support team, and the availability of community resources and services. A written summary of the plan can reinforce your loved one’s wishes and needs. However, be open to modifications as their situation changes. Your loved one’s needs may unfold differently than you had initially anticipated. Respect Privacy. If your loved one is open about their sexual orientation or gender identity to some people but not everyone, it may be helpful to have a private conversation about who can or should have access to that information and who should not. Take notes to help you keep track of this; you can refer to them later if you need to interact with those people on your loved one’s behalf. Remember, due to a lifetime of discrimination, some LGBT people feel that they need to return to the closet as they age. Always be sensitive to their concerns.

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Prepare to Care  

A planning guide for the caregivers in the LGBT Community. This guide is a practical tool created to help you. Here you’ll find information,...

Prepare to Care  

A planning guide for the caregivers in the LGBT Community. This guide is a practical tool created to help you. Here you’ll find information,...

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