Senior Care Emergency Checklist 

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As a person responsible for senior care, you might want to keep a checklist with you at all times.

You can create your own and include the items below. This information should be placed in the home in an easy-to-find location, such as near the phone in the kitchen or in another commonly used area, as well as given to another family member or friend who agrees to keep a copy of the information for you.

Here are items to include on your caregiver’s emergency list:

  • Doctors’ names, addresses, specialties and phone numbers.
  • List of all medications being taken, dosage prescribed and what the prescriptions are for.  Be sure to keep this information up to date, as the medications may change frequently.
  • Medical insurance and medication or prescription plans and identification numbers.
  • Social security number.  Many insurance companies won’t talk to anyone without the patient’s social security number.
  • Durable power of attorney. This is a legal document that assigns someone the authority to handle legal and financial issues if your parent or loved one becomes incapacitated.
  • Health care proxy.  This legal document gives a designated individual the authority to make medical decisions for another in the event that this person lacks capacity.
  • Notification of your elderly parent or loved one’s wishes about resuscitation orders. It’s important to know this information before a crisis, so you can act according to your parent or loved one’s wishes.
  • Basic financial records.  Have a list of assets, account numbers, names and contact information for financial advisors or bank representatives.
  • Names and addresses of people to notify in case of an emergency, such as children, grandchildren, close friends and neighbors who might be able to help out.
  • Names and contact information for local clergy, if your parent or loved one has a preferred religious affiliation.
  • Funeral/burial information.

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