artfulCARE

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Simple Little Sticker

Mum's on the Floor, Unconscious

Daughter had the upsetting experience of finding her mother on the floor in her bedroom. Mother was unable to get up, confused and sick.

Daughter dialed 9-1-1 and three emergency vehicles arrived.

Each skilled attendant has a specific job.

One asked for a list of Mother's medications.

In her distress Daughter couldn't find it.

She found the pill bottles in two rooms and the attendant recorded the medications from them.

A Pro's Suggestion

His suggestion follows.

Firmly attach a sticker to the outside of the front door, near the handle.

Print on the sticker:

LIST OF MEDS IN
FRIG FREEZER

Next, on a piece of paper, in pen, clearly write:

  • Mother's full name and date of birth
  • Medical Care Card Number
  • Known drug allergies

In pencil, so that you can make changes, list all of the medications as currently prescribed;

for example, Metformin, 5 mg. twice a day.

Put the paper in a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator freezer.

Update the list as medications change.

This is worthwhile for all of us and especially your Aging Loved One.

Remember ... You answered the call for help. You are minimizing confusion.