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SENIOR CONSULTATION BY PAMELA TRONETTI, DO, AGSF
Pamela Tronetti,
DO, AGSF, PMC
Senior Services
Medical Director

PREPARING FOR
EMERGENCIES
Take these precautions, and you'll be ready for the unexpected

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Here are eight tips, especially if you
are a long-distance caregiver:
3 Ask your loved one to put together
an "emergency" packet with a copy
of health insurance cards and medical information.
3 Include in the "emergency" packet
a list of all of your loved one's physicians, including specialists, with
phone numbers.
3 Keep an updated concise medical
history, including any surgeries, hospitalizations and recent tests.
3 Perhaps most important is the
medication list. Start by listing what
medications your loved one is allergic to or cannot take because of side

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"911. What is your
emergency?"
"I just flew in to visit my
mom. And she is really sick."
"What are her medical conditions?"
"She is mostly healthy, but she says she
has been feeling sick lately and went to
the doctor, but I don't know his name."
"Do you have a list of her medications?"
"I think she keeps them in the bathroom, but I'm not sure. Could you just
look at them when you get here?"
So now the paramedics are on their
way. They have the equipment and the
skills to handle a medical emergency.
They are prepared for it. You should
be, too.

effects. There is a difference. An allergy
is an acute reaction to a substance and
causes swelling, difficulty breathing or
an itchy rash. A drug intolerance is a set
of side effects that are too difficult for
the patient to tolerate, such as nausea,
diarrhea, headache, dizziness or drowsiness. Then list what medications he or
she does take, including dose and time
of day, and remember that this may
change frequently.
3 Have advanced directives, like a
healthcare surrogate, power of attorney
and living will, on hand. Make sure there
is a copy at home. In an emergency, you
don't want to have them locked up in a
safe deposit box at the bank.
3 Make sure that the house address is
clearly visible from the street. This may
mean applying new numbers to the mailbox, fence, curb or doorway. Also make
sure that the entrance is well lit.
3 Do a safety check in the house to
address the most common cause of
emergencies: falls. Secure or remove
throw rugs and knickknacks, furniture
with glass (especially coffee tables), and
electrical cords that are in the way and
could cause tripping. Install handrails,
night lights, nonslip decals to the shower
floor, and railings inside and outside
as needed.
3 Have your loved one get a lifeline
service that will automatically send an
alert if he or she were to become unconscious. Also, consider one that works
outside the home, especially for someone who goes out for walks or works in
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