Judy fell and broke her hip. She calls 911. She lacks a medication list. As a result, the hospital team is unaware of her chronic conditions. Her daughter lives far away and doesn't know if she should fly in.
Accidents by their very nature are unplanned. That doesn't mean you need to be unprepared for a fall or a serious incident (e.g., a heart attack or stroke).
Those who are prepared and have a professional advocate, such as an Aging Life Care™ Manager, are more likely to get the care and the outcomes they desire. Plus, they can recuperate in a setting most in line with their personal needs and preferences.
To be prepared, you need
Ideally, all this information is available on your person or is readily accessed should you get into an emergency situation.
Want help getting prepared for a medical emergency? Give us a call: 203-826-9206.
Learn more about our aging life care planning services.
Leslie Alin Tewes is a Geriatric, Disability & Medical Care Manager; Elder and Adult Care Advocate; Quality Improvement Specialist.