The kids have a big game tomorrow, you have an important work presentation this week, and your mother has had a fall that’s landed her in the E.R. This little scenario is all too common in today’s day and age where many family members live far away from where their parents call home. So how do you manage your life and take care of your parents too?
Don’t be caught unprepared when a care need presents. There are plenty of things you can do now to create a working plan for both long-term home care and emergency situations.
If you are going to be responsible for your parents’ care, here are a few documents you will want to keep handy, in a safe spot.
- Birth certificate/adoption records
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce decrees
- Death certificates
- Military discharge
- Advance directives (primary care physician, hospital, and individual should have copies)
- Retirement and pension policies, including the names of beneficiaries
- Insurance policies
- Bank accounts and pass books
Also, it is important to gather and review pertinent information such as:
- Doctors’ names, addresses and phone numbers
- Prescription and non-prescription medications taken
- Social Security numbers, medical record numbers and military ID numbers
- Informal support resource names, addresses and phone numbers
Juggling your home life and your parents’ care can be a big challenge. The compassionate, professional caregivers at Partners in Healthcare can help you coordinate a care plan that works for your family. Contact us today to learn more about how home care can benefit your family.
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