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In Case of Emergency: A Basic Checklist for Caregivers

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Emergency preparedness is important for dealing with accidents, slips and falls, injuries, and medical situations. This is especially vital for senior citizens and their caregivers. Preparing a thorough checklist of important items will save caregivers the time it takes to search for them in the rush for emergency care.

Important items or documents that hourly or live-in caregivers need to bring in case of an emergency with their senior loved one are:

  • Photo ID and social security card or number
  • Insurance cards, including any supplemental insurance
  • List of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including supplements
  • List of known allergies
  • Physicians’ names, specialties, and contact number
  • Contact information for family, friends, and/or power of attorney
  • Living will and health care proxy
  • Basic financial assets, including financial advisor or bank representative
  • Bag of toiletries should the senior be admitted into the hospital
  • Change of clothes

Caregivers in Fairfield can never be too prepared for a medical emergency. A prepared checklist and packet of important materials ensures that caregivers have all the information, items, and documents in one place ready to go should a medical emergency arise.

If your loved one experiences an emergency and needs immediate home care in Fairfield or help transitioning home after a hospital stay, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and live-in care, and our caregivers can help with everything from grocery shopping and light housework to personal grooming and emotional support. Call a trusted Care Manager today at 203-955-1915 to schedule a free in-home consultation.