Other Help You Can Give

Caregiving goes beyond medical assistance and housekeeping chores. Here are some other ways in which you can assist your loved one with HIV.

Dealing with hospitals or insurance companies, filling out forms, and looking up records can be difficult even if you’re not sick. Many people with AIDS need help with these tasks:

  • Getting a ride to the doctor’s office, clinic, drug store, or other places can be a problem. Don’t wait to be asked; offer to help.
  • Keep a diary of medical events and other information for your loved one. A diary can help him or her—and any other caregivers. Be sure your loved one knows about the diary. Do have the person living with AIDS help keep the diary if he or she is able.
  • Keep a record of medicine and other care. Do make sure you know what drugs your loved one is taking, how often he or she should take them, and potential side effects. Sick people sometimes forget to take medicine or take the wrong dosage. Divided pill boxes or a chart showing what medicines to take, when to take them, and how much to take can help.
  • If your loved one has to stay in the hospital, you can still help. Take a special picture or other favorite item to the hospital. Do tell the staff of any special needs, habits, or problems that your loved one has. Most of all, visit often.

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Adapted from Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home: A Guide, ACTIS Publication No. D817, United States Department of Health and Human Services, AIDS Clinical Trial Information Service.

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