Staggering Percentage of Caregivers Unprepared for Elder Health Emergency

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Be prepared!

It's a motto hyped by Girl and Boy Scouts across the country yet, according to a recent study, it is a piece of advice that prospective caregivers often fail to heed.

The results of a recent survey, conducted by The Boomer Project, indicate that many people who expect to become caregivers for their parents at some point in the future don't have the information necessary to properly perform common caregiving duties.

Breakdown of the Stats

Only, 47% feel that they know enough about their parent's medical background to be helpful in the event of an emergency.

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49% can't recall their parents' daily medications, and 31% aren't aware of the number of medications taken by their parents.

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36% don't have any idea where to go to find their parents' financial information.

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What this Means for Caregivers

As a caregiver, it is vitally important to do your homework.

Emergency situations become infinitely easier to respond to if you have all of the necessary information on the elder you care for, in a readily accessible place.

Educate yourself on the medical conditions and the history of your elder. Know where important information regarding their finances, etc. is located.

Taking these few simple steps will ensure that you can respond quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency.

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We use MyFastTrack Organizer (a personal health record) and keep a printed copy in our cars and on a flash drive. At the scene of my parents' auto accident a few years ago, first responders had questions. My sister said she just pulled it out the trunk and handed it to the EMTs. Later in the ER, one of them stopped us in the hall and thanked us for being so prepared.
"49% can't recall their parents' daily medications" Wow! This means that 51% can recall their parents' meds? I am totally impressed. I'll bet a huge chunk of that percentage have parents who take no drugs or 1.

I have been managing my husband's loooong list of medications for 8 years. I set them in pill dispensers, I see that he takes them at the right time, I reorder them as needed, I advocate for them with the insurance companies more frequently than I like. And I couldn't recall them all if someone asked me on the phone! But I have excellent records in the computer and printed out.

If I forget to take my own printed list with me to an appointment, I am pretty good about recalling what I take, but not so good with doses.

If 51% of the people surveyed -- not yet caregivers but expecting to be -- can recall their parent's med list, I think the prospects for good care looks pretty good.
How do you get the information that you need when the person won't share it. He is 92 and won't even allow us HEPA rights.