HD Reach
2409 Crabtree Blvd, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27604

Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

HD Reach
2409 Crabtree Blvd, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27604

Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM

For Caregivers


As a primary caregiver, or if you have Powers of Attorney (POA), you should ask your loved one for vital information. You’re looking for answers to the questions you’re likely to get frequently from healthcare providers, insurance companies, and government agencies. Important information to have as a caregiver includes:

  • Basic identification and contact information (for you and your loved one).

  • His or her advanced directives.

  • Lists of allergies, current medications, dietary restrictions, immunizations, healthcare providers, and activity limitations for your loved one.

  • His or her medical or psychiatric histories.

Make sure you keep this information readily available but safely stored to reduce the risk of identity theft.

As a caregiver, if you’re appointed with the Powers of Attorney, you’ll have a notarized, legal document your loved one drafts with a lawyer’s help giving you legal authority to act on his or her behalf and make decisions when he or she is unable to do so. Filing the POA is NOT required in every state—check with your local state for rules and regulations. A POA document needs to be created when your loved one is legally competent. The POA takes effect when your loved one lacks the mental, emotional, or physical abilities necessary to care for oneself.

Two things to remember include:

  1. Your loved one’s needs are your #1 priority.
  2. You can’t act as a POA if you don’t have that authority. If you ARE someone’s POA you must act in your love one’s best interests.

For questions about POA and some of the do’s and don’ts associated with this designation, consult with your, or your loved one’s lawyer to get any questions answered or issues cleared up

Links to more helpful information for caregivers:

  • iCARE is a way to remember different techniques when emotions run high.

  • A downloadable file about how to use effective verbal intervention.

  • Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) is the only state funded, dementia specific support program for individuals who directly care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

  • This links to a series of videos specific to caregivers of HD patients on the Caregiver Action Network (CAN). CAN is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.

  • A self-assessment for caregivers to assess their own well being.