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The Essential Emergency Checklist for Caregivers

By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on

Although caregivers hope that emergency medical issues never arise, having a checklist on hand can make these events far less stressful. With access to all of a senior family member’s pertinent information, it will be possible to ensure that appropriate care is provided and that all legal and financial hurdles are successfully overcome. Whether you’re an hourly or live-in caregiver, the following is everything your checklist should include.

Current Medical Information

Make a list of all of your senior family member’s doctors’ names. This list should include:

  • Specialties
  • Contact information
  • Details on the conditions currently being treated

A Brief Health Report

Write down any chronic or degenerative health issues your elderly relative has. Describe all of the medications that he or she is taking for these illnesses along with the dosing schedules for each. As new medications are added or other changes in the dosing schedule occur, make sure to update you checklist.

Financial Records

All pertinent financial information should be included on your checklist. Make sure to include items such as:

  • Banking account numbers
  • Assets
  • Health insurance plan identification numbers
  • Social security number
  • Contact information for bank representatives and financial advisers or accountants

People to Notify

It is also vital to write down the names of all family members and friends that should be notified when emergencies occur. Given that you’ll likely have your hands full, you may want to delegate this responsibility to someone else and simply pass this portion of your list on to the individual who will be in charge of making the calls.

Health Care Directives and Durable Power of Attorney

It is important for seniors to put any specific health care directives they have in writing before they become incapacitated by an injury or illness. Caregivers may also have a durable power of attorney. This legally binding document will provide caregivers with the authority to make important financial and legal decisions on behalf of their loved ones when seniors become physically and mentally unable to make these decisions for themselves. The durable power of attorney and statement of health care directives should be clipped to the emergency checklist for easy access.

For some seniors, the transition from the hospital to home after an emergency can be difficult. To ensure a smooth transition process, reach out to Lehigh Valley Home Care Assistance.  Our trusted and experienced caregivers can help every step of the way from transportation home from the hospital to cooking healthy meals. To learn more about how our home care services can benefit your loved one, call us at 484-350-3874 and speak with an experienced Care Manager today.