Protecting and caring for your senior loved one is important to you. You want to be the best family caregiver for your loved one, and make sound decisions when it comes to their care and business affairs. In order to provide the best care possible for your senior loved one, you will need to organize their personal information, and get their house in order. There are steps that can be taken to make the organization process easy.
Gather documents such as birth certificate, medical insurance cards, social security and family history. These documents should be kept close on hand. Make duplicate copies of the documents and keep them in separate places. Keep copies of the documents with you, and a copy of the documents in the home of your loved one.
Make a list of medications the senior is taking. Keep a list of the medications on the refrigerator, as well as by the phone. Quick access to the list makes it easy for medical response team in case of overdose or allergic reaction to a medication. Most health care providers now want patients to bring in the bottles of the medications to their appointments.
The senior’s family history is vital information when it comes to medical problems and tracking illness which may develop. It might be necessary to contact the senior’s siblings to find out about their medical history. After the information is assembled, share the information with the senior’s health care provider. There might be information that you discovered that will be helpful in the treatment and future diagnosis of the senior.
Compile a list for the home care aide. You want the best home care for your loved one, and a list of reminders, and important information about the senior should be left for the aide. The aide will serve as your eyes and ears in your absence. So, you want to make sure they have up-to-date information about the senior’s current health condition. Be sure to stock up on the supplies the aide will need to make the senior comfortable. Ask the aide to make a list of items needed as the senior becomes low on them. Post a list of family contact numbers for the aide in case they need speak with someone concerning the senior. To find out more about providing quality home care for your loved one contact us.