The Essential Emergency Checklist for Caregivers

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

When an elderly loved one experiences a health emergency, the process of ensuring he or she receives appropriate care can be complicated if a caregiver does not have the right information. Sorting through insurance policies and trying to remember a list of medications can be very challenging if you are already under emotional duress. While no one wants to think about an elderly relative having a health crisis, having the materials and information on this checklist created by Centennial Home Care Assistance readily available will help you efficiently manage your loved one’s health and financial needs.

Health Care Information
Senior adults often have a health history that can provide valuable insight into their current state of health. Medical teams can use this information to make a diagnosis and provide treatment. Make sure you have these items in an easy-to-find list.

  • Doctors’ names and phone numbers along with their area of specialization
  • Names of all medications and the conditions for which they are prescribed
  • Preferred pharmacy phone number and address
  • Medical insurance and prescription plan names along with the patient’s identification numbers
  • Social Security number

Advanced Health Care Directives
Ideally, you and your senior loved one will have already discussed what to do should he or she become incapacitated. If you do not already have these concerns documented, then do it as soon as possible and include these items in your emergency preparation.

  • Durable power of attorney
  • Health care proxy
  • Documentation of your aging parent’s wishes concerning resuscitation

Financial Documents
During a health crisis, your loved one may require assistance with his or her financial obligations. Paying bills and managing accounts will be easier with the following information.

  • List of assets
  • List of all accounts along with their identification numbers, including utilities, mortgage and auto loans
  • Names and contact information for bankers and financial advisors
  • User names and passwords for any accounts that are managed online

In addition to this information, add a list of any people your loved one would want notified in an emergency along with their phone numbers. If your loved one has a preferred religious affiliation, then also include a clergy member’s name and phone number. Once your list has been compiled, place it in a safe but readily accessible location and notify any other caregivers about where it should be found if an emergency arises.

After a medical emergency, your loved one may need help during his or her recovery process. Centennial Home Care Assistance offers flexible hourly and live-in care plans tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and designed to promote a safe and efficient recovery in the comfort of home. To learn more about our care services, call 303.957.3100 and speak with an experienced Care Manager.

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