When in charge of your elder loved one’s care, one of the things that is important to plan for is emergency visits. There are many elderly people who get injured every year due to falls or other accidents. In addition, there are many health issues that place elderly people in hospital emergency rooms. Due to these facts, there are some top things that you and their elder care aides should bring to ER visits for your elderly loved one.
Medication Allergies and Current Medications
One of the many things that elderly people have issues with is allergies to medications. If your elderly loved one goes to the emergency room and the doctors don’t know which medications they are allergic to, terrible side effects could occur. Sometimes, these are even life-threatening. Therefore, it is very important for you or the elder care providers who take your loved one to the emergency room to have a list of the medications your loved one is allergic to. You should also have a list of the current medications your loved one is on. This way, the hospital can dispense these medications while your loved one is there.
Advanced Directive or DNR
Does your elderly loved one have an advanced directive or DNR (do not resuscitate order)? If they do, it is very important to make sure the emergency room personnel have these on file for your elderly loved one. While this is something that family caregivers don’t usually want to think about, it is still extremely important to bring along to emergency room visits.
Whoever is taking your elderly loved one to the hospital should know their medical history. While every detail does not need to be known, the basics are essential. For example, if your elderly loved one had a heart attack 5 years ago, it is important that you or the elder care provider that is taking your loved one to the hospital shares this information with the doctors. Knowing your elderly loved one’s medical history can ensure the doctors do everything they can for your loved one.
These were the Top ER Things for your Loved One and Elder Care Aides
These are some of the things that you or elder care providers should bring to the ER for your elderly loved one. If you can have all these things around ahead of time, in case of an emergency, that would be even better. You can even talk to your elderly loved one’s doctor to see if there are any other things they recommend bringing to hospital visits for your elderly loved one.