If you are caring for an elderly parent or relative, you must be prepared at any given moment for an “unexpected” emergency.
Successfully managing health emergencies can literally mean the difference between life or death. Health emergencies involving an elderly parent or relative one can often become complicated by the number of medications, doctors’ information, complexity of insurance coverage, illness involved, and so much more. To help you improve your game plan of preparation, here’s 15 recommended items for your emergency care checklist:
1. Doctors' names, their area of specialty and phone
2. An updated list of all medications being taken and the purpose of each prescription.
3. List of over-the-counter medications.
4. List of known allergies and the reaction to each.
5. Medical card(s) and/or medical insurance information including the prescription plans, identification numbers, and the customer service telephone number.
6. Pharmacy’s address, operating hours, telephone
number and fax number.
7. License, State ID, passport or another government-
issued photo ID
8. Social security number
9. A medical directive - Also known as a living will or
advance health care directive, this document sets out
what kind of care your loved ones want to receive if they
become ill or incapacitated.
10. A durable power of attorney (PA) for healthcare - The
PA for healthcare allows you to make healthcare
decisions for your loved ones.
11. A Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA) release - gives you access to your loved
ones’ health records and physicians.
12. A durable power of attorney for finances - allows you
to manage your loved ones' financial affairs, pay bills,
sell property, and so on.
13. Basic financial records which should include a list of
assets, account numbers, names and contact
information for bank representatives and financial
14. Contact list of names and addresses of people to
notify in case of an emergency. This list should
include relatives, close friends, clergy members,
organizations, and neighbors who might be able to
15. A will which makes clear who will receive your loved
ones' personal property and assets. A properly written
will hleps to elminate disagreements.
It is recommended that you used discretion for filing and storing the legal documents. However, you may want to store your check list of information near the phone or a commonly used area so that it is easy to locate. Also, give the list of information (not necessarily the legal documents) to another family member or individual who will agree to keep the information for you as well. You can also take a picture of the list of information and store it in your phone.
When it comes to your treasured loved ones, you never want to be caught off guard during an emergency. Keeping an emergency check list not only makes life easier, but it will give you a much-needed peace of mind.
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