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.
49% can't recall their parents' daily medications, and 31% aren't aware of the number of medications taken by their parents.
36% don't have any idea where to go to find their parents' financial information.
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.