Aside from basic caregiver information and necessary legal forms, your Family Care Plan should also include specific instructions on arrangements for child care, school, medical care, and family activities. By describing your routines and giving your caregiver as much information as possible, you can better avoid problems and allow your children (or other dependents) the security of knowing things will remain as constant as possible.
- Outline arrangements for daily activities. Make certain your caregiver clearly understands your family's daily routines. It is a good idea to create a calendar of the week's events, noting the starting and ending times of the school day, any afterschool activities, bed times, and any special events.
- Give details for family care. Let your caregiver know as much as possible how your family life "works." Write down specific details on the logistics of housing, food, and transportation. If it is important to you that your family members attend weekly religious services, let the caregiver know.
- Provide medical information. It is important to write down detailed information about family physicians, medications and vitamins, allergies, hospitals, and regular appointments, so your family's medical needs will be properly addressed.
- Provide locations of important documents. These include wills, insurance papers, and birth certificates.
- Make sure that identification (ID) cards are current. Check to make certain that your family members' ID cards have not expired, and be sure your dependents are registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
- Make sure that your caregiver has information about using installation services and Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs). Caregivers who do not already have an ID card must show their power of attorney along with the dependent family member's ID card to enter a military installation or a MTF. They may shop for dependent family members in installation commissaries and exchanges as long as they have a letter of authorization signed by the commanding officer of the installation where they'll be shopping. You may request this letter through the ID card office at the installation.
- Provide lists of close contacts and other resources. Be sure to provide: names, addresses, and telephone numbers of relatives, neighbors, and friends; names and telephone numbers of doctors and dentists; lists of military and community resources with points of contact and telephone numbers; and an information sheet with the names and addresses of the military unit, commander or commanding officer, first sergeant or commanding chief, command enlisted supervisor, supervisor, and family readiness program point of contact.