records of all medications and reactions: make notes about what works,
what doesn’t and when you informed the physician of any problems.
records of all doctor appointments: the reason for the visit, the
doctor’s responses to our concerns, any procedures performed, etc.
or continue to maintain copies of medical records for your loved one,
and for yourself, as well. These
will be beneficial should a grievance arise or if there are questions
about medical histories.
for the unexpected: discuss plans and wishes of everyone involved in
the caregiving family. Talk about final resting places and what
arrangements your family will want.
an Advance Directive filled out and given to the primary physician and
all relatives who may need the form.
a Last Will and Testament completed or updated: without a signed Will,
the courts will decide how to distribute the possessions of your loved
a record of where all-important documents are kept. When an emergency
or tragedy occurs, locating information should not be where we spend
our thoughts and energies.
all monetary involvements: investments, resources creditors, debtors,
business transactions, etc.
an insurance analysis done: is your home, life and health insurance
still appropriate for your family’s needs?
What about the insurance policies for your loved ones?
Do you all have enough coverage to take care of any
eventuality? Do you have provisions for long-term care? For respite
care? Is your house adequately covered given the state of the weather
out the medicine chest. Look for expiration dates on all medicine, and
check with your doctor about previous medications which will either be
harmful with current prescriptions or which are no longer effective
for you or your loved one. Not only will you save space, you might
also save a life.
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