Medical Emergency Plan
In the event of an emergency, having a medical emergency plan for yourself and others in the household is a very important undertaking. By doing this you have piece of mind knowing that someone will be ready to take over managing your home, feeding the pets, paying your bills and taking care of everything in general. Plans for a medical emergency will ensure that the decisions you make will be yours and not someone else’s for you.
Without a medical emergency plan, your home can become very chaotic very fast. In an emergency, the priority may be an injured child or elderly person and this is not the appropriate time to go searching through records of injections, immunizations, other medical files and phone numbers.
Having a family discussion concerning what to do when someone needs to go to the hospital in a non-urgent, relaxed manner will go a long way in calming everyone down if an emergency should happen to strike.
When discussing your medical emergency plan you need to include even the youngest children in the family and explain to them why they need to adhere to the plan in order for things to go as smooth as possible. The more issues you bring up in the discussion, the less frightening it will be for all family members should an emergency occur.
Putting the number for “911” on speed dial on both your home and cell phones is important for every member of the family.
The first thing to do when creating a medical emergency plan for yourself is to identify which persons you trust the most.
Having a list of competent, healthy people to oversee and manage your finances is important since you may have difficulty dealing with even the simplest areas of your regular financial responsibilities such as paying bills and utilities. It would also be a wise idea to send a copy of the list containing those delegated to take over as well as the tasks assigned to them to your attorney.
Without a plan for medical emergencies, what frequently happens is that someone you just met, such as a caregiver, ends up taking over in an unplanned, hasty manner. You could possibly become a victim of fraud conducted by caregivers or other individuals you hardly know.
Part of having a plan for emergencies is creating a financial power of attorney, a health care power of attorney and a living will or directives for advance health care.
A good idea would be to ‘pretend’ you are going on a long vacation and are leaving instructions for people to manage your house and pay your bills while you are not around. You then need to inform close friends and family where these instructions can be found.
An updated list of contacts should be given to your doctor so that in the event of an unforeseen emergency, they will know who to get in touch with should you be unable to contact them yourself.
Medical instructions and medical contacts need to be written out in a list including which person you designate to be personally in charge of the leadership responsibilities.
Do not be shy about discussing personal medical plans with close friends and family. This is not easy but it is necessary. Let them know what you want from them in case your health deteriorates and you can no longer function responsibly.