The Home Front Mind Map
Keeping the home front safe and operational is necessary for everyone’s peace of mind. It requires a big picture perspective of the essential systems, maintenance schedules, and who to contact when something needs repair. This is why we created the Home Front Mind Map. It’s one of the ten mind maps in Caregiver Mind Map: New Tools for Eldercare.
The Home Front Mind Map offers families a one page diagram of the operational systems of an aging parent’s home, condo, or apartment. Once completed, it helps families manage the home front in four ways:
- It reduces the burden of not knowing the big picture. The Home Front Mind Map provides an operational picture of the home front’s moving parts. Many times this information is fuzzy, incomplete or only known by a few.
- It reduces the burden of caregiving handoffs. The Home Front Mind Map offers a quick reference guide for other family members who want to lend a hand with routine maintenance or urgent repairs. It is especially helpful for coordinating last minute change of plans.
- It reduces the burden of integrating home front information. The Home Front Mind Map serves as an information hub for organizing and sharing operational updates for the family and other participants on the caregiving team.
- It reduces the burden of orchestrating a home front crisis. The Home Front Mind Map becomes an invaluable resource for coordinating a response to breakdown on the home front.
How to use the Home Front Mind Map
- Set up a map for an aging parent. Provide copies to other family members and ask for comments and revisions.
- Use the completed map to develop a maintenance schedule.
- Provide copies of the completed map to important home front contacts.
- Update the Home Front Mind Map every time there is a significant change in service providers or contact information.