Your dad chose you as his medical power of attorney. It’s not a position to take lightly. You need to have many conversations with your dad about his medical wishes. Over time, he may change his opinions on certain things, and if that happens, you should sit down with his attorney. It’s your job to make sure his wishes are heard and obeyed.
When you are the medical POA, there are things you need to keep on hand. Keep a folder with these four items in it.
Keep the medical POA and advanced directive paperwork in hand. You need to have proof of a DNR order if your dad is in a crash or suffers a severe medical event that leaves him in critical condition. Make sure the legal paperwork is signed and notarized.
List of Medications
Take pictures of any over-the-counter medications and prescription medications that your dad takes. Get clear enough shots of the dosage size. If you can’t get photos, write down the name, dosage size, and how often they’re supposed to be taken. Update this list as needed.
You are likely the first person a hospital or doctor should call, but are there others? If your dad is in a car crash and the hospital cannot reach you, would they call your sibling or an aunt or uncle? Note primary doctors’ names and numbers, and jot down his dentist and eye doctor’s name and contact information, too.
Make sure a list of emergency contacts is on file with hospitals and medical offices your dad frequents. You should also put an extra copy in his wallet.
Get to know your dad’s medical history. While your dad’s primary care physician knows his medical history, the records may not be readily available at the hospital. They will need to know things like if he has a pin in his ankle before they can do an MRI. Other things you should know:
• Vaccinations he has had and approximately when
• History of surgeries
• Health concerns
As medical power of attorney, you’ll also be helping choose or work with your dad to pick the elder care services he needs right now. You’ll be talking with caregivers and doctors to create the best elder care plan. Make sure you have the file you’ve created available to make sure every possible concern is carefully weighed. Call today to start arranging your dad’s care needs.
If you or a loved one are considering Elder Care Services near Lititz PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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