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The current pandemic is teaching us that we need to be prepared. If the caregiver becomes ill, who will take care of your loved one? You need to have a plan.
Even for common events you need a plan. Perhaps you want to attend a wedding that is out of town; perhaps you want to help a friend move.
It is nearly impossible to find a place that can take care of your family member the same day or even next day. Plan ahead!
  1. Plan for an alternate caregiver. This could be family or a friend or neighbor. Make sure you have instructions for them.
  2. You can connect with a homecare agency so that they can send a caregiver. Find an agency now and complete required paperwork.
  3. Another option is to take your loved one to a residence that offers overnight stays. Look for an assisted living residence near you, perhaps an adult foster home. Connect with them and complete all paperwork in advance.
  4. Paperwork to prepare:
    1. List of doctors with phone numbers
    2. Important phone numbers: yours, other family members
    3. List of medications
    4. List of allergies (foods and medications)
    5. Any Power of Attorney (POA) or Living Will or Health instructions you may have
    6. Brief description of medical conditions
    7. List of what your family likes to eat or drink
    8. List of habits or what they like or dislike: types of music, TV programs, animals, do they like to sleep late or stay up late at night? Do they like it warm? Do they get cold easily?
    9. Put together an emergency bag: clothes, family photos, meds, hygiene items, no-slip house shoes

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