“The Emergency Medical File Every Caregiver Should Create”

AgingCare.com suggests every caregiver develop an emergency medical file for the care recipient and include these nine items:

* medications list;
* allergies list;
* list of doctors, including primary care physicians;
* general info on serious medical conditions and history;
* do not resuscitate order or POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form;
* medical power-of-attorney document;
* most recent labs;
* copies of all insurance cards; and
* copy of photo identification

This article suggests giving the packet of info to paramedics responding to 911 calls. Not sure if that’s good advice. Definitely bring the file to the ER or urgent care clinic. And make a copy of the file for adult day programs if the care recipient attends a program often. Probably makes sense to have copies in several places.

Here’s a link to the full article:


The Emergency Medical File Every Caregiver Should Create
By Ashley Huntsberry-Lett