Emergency Checklist for Elderly Relatives and Their Caregivers

How to be prepared for a crisis.

We hope we'll never need the information, but if there is an emergency with your elderly parent or relative, having this checklist readily available will make your life easier.

Health emergencies with our elders can often become complicated by the sheer number of medications, doctors, insurance coverage and degree of chronic or acute illness(es) involved. Below is a comprehensive list of information and documents to keep on hand, so you'll be prepared.

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Elderly Care Emergency Checklist

  • Doctors' names, their specialties and phone numbers.
  • List of all medications being taken and what the prescriptions are for (be sure to keep the information updated -- as the medications may change frequently).
  • Prescription plans, identification numbers and health insurance, if they have it.
  • Lasting power of attorney for financial decisions -- these are legal forms that state what decisions are to be made in regards to property, mortgages, money and other financial questions should your relative become incapacitated. 
  • Lasting power of attorney for health and care decisions -- this concerns where they will live and the type of medical care they will receive. It can only be used once mental capacity has been lost.  
  • Basic financial records -- 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 neighbours who might be able to help out.
  • Names and contact information for local clergy, if your parent or aged relative has a preferred religious affiliation.

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, caregiver or friend who agrees to keep a copy of the information for you.

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