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Caregiving Knowledge I Wish I Had Known (Part 4 of 7)

Continuing from my initial blog post on September 4.

4. Wish I’d had a better filing system

There were so many documents to keep up with over time. Mama’s bills, receipts, letters, medical papers, health insurance documents, and the list went on. Heck, managing my own documents was a nightmare in and of itself. It wasn’t just a simple matter of having a stack of Mama’s stuff. There were times when I needed to access information quickly. Imagine being on hold with the health insurance company for over 30 minutes. Finally, the representative gets back on the phone and surprises you with a request for information you weren’t exactly prepared to share. You know you have it in the “stack”— it just may take another 30 minutes to find. The health insurance representative kindly invites you to call back once you have the requested information. Ugh, which means you will probably be on hold for another 30 minutes.

In the beginning, I had a few documents here and there. Managing stacks of documents was, for a while, feasible. However, the stacks were growing with time. I wasn’t prepared for ever-increasing mountains of paperwork. I eventually invested in file folders and a file bin to keep everything stored and easier to find. In hindsight, I wish I had done that from day one.


Check back next week for the next thing I wish I had know. For a complete listing, please reference my new caregiving book called Mama Peaches Hot Slices of Wisdom available on Amazon.

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