As a caregiver, you are aware that providing elderly care for a loved one involves extensive preparation, planning, and teamwork. When an emergency occurs, there isn’t much time to contemplate—only time to act. Having a go-bag ready ahead of time keeps you prepared and ensures you both have the necessities you require without adding to your loved one’s fear or confusion.
What should my senior go-bag contain?
While the final decisions are yours, our caregivers in Chino Hills, California have made the following suggestions:
- Patient information sheet for healthcare professionals that provides them with the fundamental information they need to manage your loved one’s treatment. Include current health conditions and medications, allergies, contact information for his/her healthcare professionals, special dietary considerations, and any communication or behavioral issues. Copies of vital documents such as Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance cards; and other documents.
- Toiletries and supplies, such as a spare pair of glasses, denture storage and cleaning tools, a change of clothing and/or pajamas, hand lotion, a hair brush, a facecloth, reading material, and any comfort goods. A handful of your loved one’s favorite nibbles and some bottled water are frequently useful in keeping blood sugar constant and preventing dehydration.
- Remember to pack some crossword puzzles or a novel in your go-bag, as well as some nutritious snacks and drinks for yourself during the wait. It’s also a good idea to include an extra phone charger in your bag for easy communication.
No Place Like Home Health Care LLC recognizes the difficulties of providing elders with in-home care in California while encouraging a full and independent life. That is why, with our highly qualified and experienced team, we can make aging in place a lot easier and more enjoyable for your senior loved ones.