The best time to plan for a medical emergency is before one happens. Use this checklist to be prepared in the event of a fall or any situation where you cannot call for help yourself.
Think like an emergency responder:
- Check that your house number is clearly visible from the road to provide quick access to your home.
- Hire someone who specializes in geriatric care to do a home assessment to ensure your current living situation is safe, teaching you how to mitigate potential risks.
- Learn more about medical alert devices, or apps for your smartphone or home smart speaker, which can dial 911 for you (especially if you are at-risk for heart attack or stroke).
- Note your preferred hospital emergency department if there is one in particular that you prefer.
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Long-term care checklist
Whether you’re planning for an extended recovery from surgery or a long-term illness or disability, covering your health and personal needs takes thought. Here’s a checklist to help make sure you’re covered.
Choose the right caregiver:
- Sit down with family members to put their caregiving roles in writing.
- Encourage your caregivers to explore the Family and Medical Leave Act to make sure they can take up to a 12 week leave to help care for you if needed.
- Involve anyone who will play a caregiving role in a relationship with your doctor(s).
- Discuss what type of caregiving option you prefer, including in-home care, personal care homes and senior living.
- Determine your wishes for your pets if you need to move out of your home.
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