Friday, December 5, 2014

The Caregiver's Notebook

Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, (Luke 1:1-3 NRSV)

The books Luke and Acts are two of my favorites in the Bible.  I like the way that the author took the time to carefully chronicle all of the significant events, bringing order and providing a clear accout of the history of events of Christ and the early church.  I love organization.  I don't always have, but I crave it when my life feels disordered.

If you are like me and enjoy organization I think you may enjoy a new resource that was published in November.  Jolene Philo’s new book The Caregiver’s Notebook provides a convenient way to organize in one place information that is often needed when coordinating multiple therapies and doctor appointments.  This is a great resource for folks trying to bring some organization to medical information. This handy binder has multiple tabs, including:
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Medical History
  • Insurance
  • Legal Documents
  • Bible Reading Guide
  • Prayer Guide

This resource offers a great way to organize at your fingertips much information that is needed over and over again when coping with medical issues.  The Bible reading plan and prayer guide are very handy when spending many hours in waiting rooms and hospitals. The convenience of having a history of medical tests, plus current and previous medications, seems invaluable whether going to the hospital in the midst of an emergency or making a first office visit to a new physician or therapist.  In addition to being a great resource for caring for a child with special needs, I can see ways this book would also be useful in caring for aging parents or for anyone going through a medical crisis such as cancer. The Caregiver’s Notebook is well organized, thoughtfully laid out and beautifully presented in a durable hardcover spiral-bound book.

About the author: Jolene is a well-regarded expert in the special needs community and speaks frequently at special needs and foster care conferences around the country. She is also on the  Board of Directors for Snappin' Ministries.  In addition, she also conducts special needs ministry training workshops for churches. Jolene Philo is the daughter of a disabled father, and she parented a child with special needs. She’s a former educator with 25 years of public school experience. Her books related to special needs include the Different Dream series and The Caregiver’s Notebook. Her blog,, offers practical resources and spiritual encouragement for caregivers. You can also find a video series on her site in which she demonstrates how to use The Caregiver’s Notebook. The link to the first entry is:

Jolene and her husband Hiram live in Boone. They are parents of two married children and grandparents to one adorable toddler, with two more babies on the way. You can connect with Jolene on Facebook (@A Different Dream for My Child), (Twitter( @jolenephilo), Pinterest (JolenePhilo), LinkedIn ( Jolene Philo), and at her websites, and

PRAY:  Gracious God, thank you for the gift of Jolene and her generous spirit in sharing what she has learned.  Bless her minsitry. Help us to find order in the times when we feel overwhelmed. Amen

Photos provided by Jolene Philo


  1. Thank you for your generous review, Lorna! My siblings, who knew me as an unorganized child, still laugh when they hear I write organizational books. If God could turn me into an organized person, he can help other caregivers, too.

    1. You are welcome! I tryly think this is a gret resource for many people. My son also had a penchant toward clutter a room of chaos and now his room is neat as a pin. Who knew!