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Organizing and storing important documents for home care

Whether you’re caring for an elderly family member or yourself, having a well-structured system to effectively keep track of documents can reduce stress, allow you to easily access important information, and save you time.

Below is a list of 5 tips to help you better organize and store important documents for home care.

1. Create a filing system. You can create a physical folder or an online folder using applications such as Google Drive that you can share with others who are assisting with care.

2. Categorize documents. Some categories may include medical documents, financial records, and personal records. You can categorize them by using tabs for physical folders or by creating subfolders in online folders.

3. Regularly review and update documents. This can support informed decision making, effective healthcare management, and ensures healthcare providers have the most up-to-date information to guide treatment plans.

4. Remove unnecessary items. Physical documents containing personal information should be shredded to prevent identity theft.

5. Have more than 1 copy. For physical documents, consider photocopying important ones or scanning them so they are accessible on a mobile device. Regularly backing up digital files using a hard drive or cloud services can prevent data loss.

Love them without losing yourself. The Boom Health app helps you manage your loved one’s home care in one app. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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