I was talking to Mom (age 80) the other night, and she mentioned a document she updates regularly. She prints a fresh copy to take to every doctor visit, so they’ll always have it up to date and won’t have to go digging.
We’ve never discussed topics like “the importance of med reconciliation,” but when she sent it I got a little insight into who I am. :–)
- Medications (prescription and over-the-counter), including dosage and when she takes them
- Who prescribed them and for what condition
- Full contact info for every care provider including her acupuncturist
- Contact info for local family members and neighbors, including who has a key to the house and the garage door code
She keeps a copy on the fridge, too, a trick she learned from EMTs during Dad’s declining years. If they get called for an emergency and you’re unconscious when they arrive, it can be important. She adds that she “Should, but don’t, also have there the ORIGINAL of any orders like a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), to make their job easier in the event of…..”
Gosh, Mom, you make me proud! ♥