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posted: March 31, 2009

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Timely Tip: Who Will Care for Mom if You Are Injured?

It may seem like an extreme situation, but if your aging relative needs regular care or supervision and something happened to you, what would happen to the loved one you care for? Would the paramedics realize that your elder shouldn't be left alone? If you encountered an emergency away from home, would anyone realize that your elder needed to be checked? 

Here’s a solution: Carry a card in your wallet that says, "I am the caregiver for (name of your elder) at (elder's address). Please call (name of family member or friend) at (telephone number) and inform him/her of my location and situation.” 

Also, purchase a medical necklace or bracelet with enough room to engrave the same information. Wear your alert jewelry at all times. 

Finally, be sure to attach a permanent sticker to your refrigerator with the same information. Paramedics are trained to look on/in the refrigerator for information about medications. Make a note on your sticker that emergency personnel should NOT leave your loved one alone.

-- By Molly Shomer
Head Coach
The Eldercare Team

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