Thursday, June 23, 2011

Helping Families Track Their Seniors' Important Medical Information

Helping Families Track Their Seniors'
Important Medical Information

You know that look. A daughter is sitting in front of you dazed and confused. She's just been through multiple doctors' consults, received garbled or confused input from her mother, and had two stressful conversations with her siblings about Mom's care. You know you need to find out her mother's insurance information, as well as a list of her doctors and conditions, but you seriously doubt you'll get any of that information today.

It should come as no surprise to you that, according to a recent survey conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network, less than half (47 percent) of the future family caregivers surveyed said they know their parents' medical histories in case of an emergency. And almost half (49 percent) of the respondents were unable to name any of the medications taken by their parents each day.

That's why the Home Instead Senior Care network has developed the Senior Emergency KitSM information management tool and website to help family caregivers track medications and other important information regarding their senior loved ones' health.

This toolkit includes checklists and worksheets for medications, conditions, allergies, doctors, health advisors and important documents. It provides them with a single place to store their senior loved one's important information so they can easily find it when they (and you) need it most.

If you would like a sample of the toolkit please contact me or visit to view most of the toolkit materials. We would be delighted to provide this and other resources that can help you help seniors and their loved ones live fuller, healthier lives.

Thank you for all you do.

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