Are you the Caregiver for a loved one who is a senior? Are you concerned that as a caregiver you don’t have everything you need in place? The following is a checklist of things caregivers of seniors should consider putting in place.
- Create a list of all medications and supplements taken to include dosage information because hospitals and physicians request this when treating a patient.
- Prepare a list of physicians and other healthcare providers who have been providing them care. Include name, address and phone numbers.
- Create a medical history because physicians and hospitals often ask for a medical history when treating patients.
If your loved one is capable of doing so, consider the following:
- If a Last Will and Testament is not in place, prepare a Last Will and Testament because your loved one will be able to direct who receives his or her estate.
- If no Power of Attorney is in place , prepare a Power of Attorney naming an agent to deal with financial matters.
- If no Health Care Directive is in place, prepare a Health Care Directive naming an agent to make medical decisions. Complete the treatment preferences section so there is no misunderstanding of treatment preferences.
- Prepare a Revocable Living Trust and retitle assets into the trust to provide for an easy transition of assets after your loved one’s death.
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- Compile a list of family to notify in the event of an emergency.
- Create a list of your loved one’s final wishes, if they wish to do so.
- Make final arrangements if your loved one wishes to do so.
- Engage a financial planner to review your loved one’s finances so that you understand financial projections for their care.
- Create a list of accounts with usernames, passwords, account numbers, etc. so that it is readily available when needed.
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