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The Emergency Checklist Every Caregiver Needs

As a caregiver, you can never be too prepared for any type of situation. In an emergency, you will likely have to think quickly and relay vital information to others during a time when you are already under tremendous stress. For this reason, it is recommended that all hourly and live-in caregivers practice emergency preparedness long before the unexpected has a chance to occur. This ultimate checklist covers everything you need to manage your loved one’s financial and medical care throughout any emergency event.

Health Information
In the event of a health-related emergency, you will need to inform doctors and hospitals of your loved one’s current state of health and insurance information. Have the following information stored in a folder or online file where you can quickly gain access during an emergency.

  • List of all prescribed medications
  • List of current health conditions
  • Names and phone number of primary doctor and any specialists
  • Health insurance card

Essential Documents
During an emergency, it may be necessary to produce proof of decisions that your loved one has made regarding his or her care. Consider having these documents copied and added to your emergency file.

  • Living will
  • Trusts
  • Marriage certificate
  • Do not resuscitate order
  • Durable power of attorney

Financial Information and Access
As the primary caregiver, it may be necessary to manage your loved one’s affairs during a health emergency. 

  • Financial durable power of attorney
  • Mortgage
  • Car title or auto loan information
  • Lease agreement if renting
  • List of all accounts, including utilities and due dates for payments
  • Bank account information
  • User names and passwords for online banking and bill paying accounts

Personal Contact Information
During any type of emergency, it is important to be able to reach loved ones quickly. Make sure that the following personal contact information is readily available.

  • Names and phone numbers of close family and friends
  • Contact information for all other caregivers
  • Name and phone number of clergy member or preferred religious organization
  • List of people to be notified first during a health crisis

If your senior loved one needs help during the transition from hospital to home, consider professional home care in Toronto. A compassionate and experienced caregiver can grocery shop, prepare meals, do basic housework, run errands, pick up medications, assist with rehabilitation exercises, offer mobility support and provide companionship. To learn more about how professional home care can help your loved one after a hospital stay, reach out to Home Care Assistance at (416) 488-8777 and schedule a free consultation with a trusted Care Manager.