If you are caring for someone who is a senior or an adult with medical needs, there may be a time that they may need to go to the emergency room. Being prepared in advance can save you time and reduce stress. It can also help you be admitted more quickly and connect with the right medical professional.
Here is a list of items you may want to consider having ready:
- List of medicines and dosages - Make a list of all medicines they are currently taking daily and weekly. Developing a chart with the name, description, and reason fo
r taking each, who prescribed the pills, and if they have a refill. It also does not hurt to have a list of all other medicines that have been taken with the last six months.
- A list of all medical issues - It is important to document all medical information, different diagnoses, and even mention suspected issues. A history of dental, eye, hearing, anxiety, and depression problems should be provided to medical professionals, in order for them to help effectively. Any addictions should also be disclosed.
- List of Allergies - This should include food allergies, issues with medications, or the combination of different medications together. What reaction occurs is often very helpful to medical professionals.
- List of Medical professional and procedures - Doctors, counsellors, dentist and anyone else they see on a regular basis. If one medical professional knows the most about the care and history of the patient, that information can be extremely helpful.
- Immediate family members and power of attorney - If the medical issue is serious, you as the caregiver will want families members to step in immediately. A plan in advance with family members is always recommended. With last minute rushing around things such as hearing aid, dentures,glasses,etc. can often be forgotten and can really effect the patient’s stay. If you have spare glasses or hearing aids, packing these items in advance can be very helpful.
- Insurance information and identification - Photocopies are always a good idea but sometimes hospitals need original documents.
- Comfort items - Books, religious materials, small photo albums can help relieve stress and anxiety. As well having PJs, slippers, and a small bag of personal items may allow the patient to feel more comfortable.
Hospital visits are never fun. Preparing the above items in advance will ensure it is a little less stressful.