In Case of Emergency: A Basic Checklist for Caregivers

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Planning for Senior Care Emergency

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.


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