The Essential Emergency Checklist for Elderly

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Must-Have Emergency Checklist

By Lesa Hardiman, 9:00 am on

While you hope you never need it, having all important information and documents ready in an emergency involving your elderly relative will make life easier and remove a great deal of anxiety from the situation. Health emergencies become complicated very quickly by the number of physicians, insurance coverage, medications, and even illnesses involved.

This checklist provided by Home Care Assistance Grand Rapids will help prepare you for an emergency with all of the documents and information you should have on hand. Keep the following information together in a single folder so it’s ready if you ever need it.

Medical Information

  • Medications with frequency and doses
  • Recent surgeries or procedures
  • Immunization record
  • Blood type
  • Known allergies
  • Known medical conditions

Legal Documents

  • Healthcare directive
  • Powers of attorney
  • Will

Insurance Information

  • Health insurance cards
  • Policies for auto, medical, and homeowner’s insurance
  • Life insurance policy with beneficiary information

Financial Information

  • Bank and investment account information
  • Checkbook location
  • Credit cards
  • Mortgage, lien, lease, and loan information
  • Keys and account numbers for a safe deposit box
  • Tax records
  • Location of any hidden cash or valuables

Contact Information

  • Attorney
  • Insurance agent
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Accountant
  • Relatives
  • Clergy
  • Neighbors
  • Friends

Vital Records

  • Military records
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage license
  • Divorce decree

End of Life Information

  • Burial arrangements
  • Cemetery plot location
  • Employment history and obituary information

Other Important Information

  • List of all subscriptions and regular deliveries
  • Pet health records and vet contact information
  • Vehicle titles and keys
  • Deeds for property

If your senior loved one needs additional care in the event of a stroke or other medical emergency, Home Care Assistance can help. From hospital discharge to everyday tasks, our trusted live-in caregivers in Grand Rapids can ensure your loved one has the help he or she needs during the recovery process. With live-in care, you can also rest easy knowing your loved one has around-the-clock safety monitoring and mobility support. To learn more, please call a friendly and experienced Care Manager at 616-243-0835. We are available 24/7 to take your call and help you get your loved one the care he or she needs and deserves.