You never know when you’ll need a specific bit of information. If you have a binder that you carry with you, you are able to refer to whatever you need at a moment’s notice. You might even leave the main binder at home and refer to electronic copies of documents on your phone. If the paperwork is vital, like birth certificates and other almost irreplaceable information, keep a copy in the binder. Keep the original in a fire safe in a secure location.
Pockets, dividers, and page protectors can all get put to work in your binder. These can feel intimidating at first, but they can all help you to ensure that you’ve got categories for the different pieces of paper you’re safeguarding. You might have one section for bills and insurance paperwork, another for medical test results, and still another for various logs about your senior’s health, sleep, and nutrition. All of this is information you might need.
You don’t have to have all your categories, dividers, and pockets in place now. That would be impossible. As you experience more as your senior’s caregiver, you’ll get a feel for what you need to hang onto and what information needs to be in the binder. This is something that you’re creating to help you, not to give you more stress.
Just as you need to let it evolve as you go, you need to be prepared to find that the purpose of your binder might change as your needs and your senior’s needs change. They may develop health issues that require more nutritional information or you might find that you have more frequent bloodwork that you want to keep track of on a regular basis. All of this makes your binder a little bit different.