If you’ve been putting off making any sort of medical information binder or folder for your elderly family member, you might want to reconsider. Having this information available in an emergency can help you to feel calmer and deal with what’s going on, but it also makes life easier for the medical personnel helping your senior.
Copies of Medical Records
You might not be able to carry every piece of medical information for your elderly family member, but possibly carrying copies of the most recent records could be helpful. If you’ve got time or family members who volunteer to handle it, you might want to consider scanning the information into a digital location you can access on the go. That way you’ve always got what you need right there at hand.
Notes about Current Health Issues
As your senior’s caregiver, you’re in the position to notice quite a bit about her overall health and well-being. If you’re not already keeping a journal or tracking notebook, you might want to consider setting one up. Your notes could help her doctors and other specialists to spot patterns and symptoms that otherwise might have gotten overlooked.
Current List of All Medications and Supplements
If your senior is taking more than a couple of medications, it’s vital to know the name and dosage of that medication in an emergency. While medical professionals can get this information on their own, it’s much faster if you’ve got an updated list right there with you. Don’t forget to include any supplements or non-prescription medication that your elderly family member takes regularly since that can be crucial for medical professionals to know.
Contact Information for All Medical Providers
Just because your elderly family member always goes to her primary care physician, that doesn’t mean she’ll be able to see that doctor in an emergency situation. During an emergency, the medical professionals treating your senior may need to know how to get in touch with her regular doctor fast. If you’ve got that information handy, it saves them a few steps that translate to saving valuable time.
Having all of this information in one place can help you to stay calm and know what you need to know in a crisis. It’s not too late to put something like this together if you don’t already have it, though. Take your time and build up this information at your own pace and then keep up with it.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in McKees Rocks PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.