When meeting with family caregivers I always inquire whether they have an emergency bag and an emergency plan. Most often I am told that they do not. I thought today we would discuss an Emergency Bag. This bag should be clearly marked “Mom’s Emergency Bag” and be in sight for family and first responders to find. A hook near the front door is a great location. The bag should be a brightly colored canvas bag that can hold the following:
List of Emergency Contacts and family members (Name, telephone numbers, emails addresses)
List of Medical providers (Most elders have several specialists)
Copies of Medicare/Health Insurance Cards
Copy of Living Will/ Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Finance
List of all medications and supplements care receiver is currently taking
Some caregivers put all of the above items in a binder.
A medication box with at least 5 days of medication in it
10-12 Sets of underwear or disposable undergarments
Package of disposable wipes/washcloths
Photocopies of Health Insurance Cards (Medicare & Supplemental)
Diabetic Supplies – if applicable
Inhaler – if applicable
Extra pair of Glasses
Lip Balm/ Skin cream
1 set of towel/hand towel and wash cloth
2-4 Bottles of water
2-4 Power bars or nutritional snack
Change of clothing (Sweatshirt and sweat pants always work well)
2-4 pairs of socks
Slippers or athletic shoes
Extra key to the care-receivers residence
Coin purse with change and $10 in bills
Remember False Teeth and Hearing Aids if going to the hospital
Hope this list helps to construct your emergency bag.
Does anyone have any addition suggestions?
Next month we will discuss Caregiver Emergency Plans.