Don’t Let a Medical Emergency Catch You Unprepared

Home health care plan

In the unfortunate event of a medical emergency, it helps to know in advance how to manage personal and medical decisions for a loved one. Whether planning for or responding to a medical emergency, Divine Home Care can guide you in your next steps. These tools include direction on how to create an action plan containing strategies and directives for delivering appropriate care to your loved one.

Be Prepared for Future Care Needs
Step 1: Ask the Questions - Make tough conversations not so difficult.
It is imperative to have conversations about your loved one's medical or personal wishes before they are no longer able to make those decisions for themselves. It may feel awkward to talk about wills, trusts or end-of-life medical decisions, but open conversation is the only way to ensure you follow their requests.

  • Tip 1: Write down the goal of your conversation. What topics need to be discussed?

  • Tip 2: Let your loved one know you want to have this conversation, and choose a time and location that is neutral and stress free.

  • Tip 3: Practice having the conversation with a spouse or sibling.

  • Tip 4: Speak clearly and respectfully and come from a place of love, concern and compassion.

  • Tip 5: Use “I” statements rather than “You” statements.

  • Tip 6: Rephrase and summarize important points and be sure to take notes for future reference.

  • Tip 7: Let your loved one know the reason you are having this conversation is out of love and appreciation for them.

  • Tip 8: Take the answers you have learned and written down, and use our Senior Emergency MAP to start more detailed planning.

Step 2: Be Prepared – A medical emergency can happen at any moment.
Now that you have opened the lines of communication, the next goal is to organize your loved one’s medical and financial details in one, easy-to-access location. The Divine Senior Emergency MAP will guide you through the steps of gathering pertinent contacts, medical history and important information that will give your family peace of mind in the event of an emergency.
DHC’s Senior Emergency MAP is a workbook used to centralize important information that can be quickly accessed in an emergency situation. The MAP covers these themes:
  • Important Contact Information – Emergency contacts, physicians, accountant, etc.
  • Quick Access Emergency Card – In case you aren’t there when an emergency happens.
  • Medical History Journal – Medical conditions, past surgery, etc.
  • Current Medical Overview – Medications, allergies, current ailments, etc.
  • Medical Visit Form – Includes question and detail prompts for each doctor visit.
  • Reoccurring Event Calendar – Church, hair appointments, bingo, etc.
  • Daily Life Snapshot – Documenting daily routines (diet, activities, sleep schedule, etc)
  • Pet Page – Pet’s diet, schedule, medications, etc.
  • Legal Document Checklist – Power of Attorney, living will, advanced directives, etc.
  • Legal Medical Document Checklist – DNR, organ donation card, etc.
  • Account Accessibility Form – Insurance policies, bank accounts, phone company, etc.
  • End of Life Wishes – funeral wishes, obituary details, etc.
Step 3: Create A Care Plan – Has your loved one’s daily care escalated beyond your reach?
Maybe you have asked the questions, made a plan, and have been able to manage basic care needs. There is a point in caring for your family member where the needs become much more than you can offer without outside assistance. If it has become more than you can handle, or you may just need a little bit of support - Divine Home Care can help.

  • Step 1: Utilizing DHC’s Care Services always starts with a no-commitment assessment to create a personalized Plan of Care. Our in-home assessment will also provide information to you about Divine Home Care and our services, and will allow us to match the right caregiver/personal attendant with your loved ones needs. The assessment is an important part of helping us to develop a personalized Plan of Care. This is a no-commitment assessment and is a service provided to our clients at no cost.

  • Step 2: Our Community Liaison will help create a Plan of Care that reflects the daily care needs of your loved one. The Plan of Care acts as a directive for our care team to follow in regards to the recommended care schedule and daily activities based on their physical needs, functional limitations and medical diagnosis.

  • Step 3: All DHC clients receive a written Plan of Care and are provided with DHC’s “Your Life – A Guide & Care Journal for Divine Health”, which allows families and caregivers to communicate and document daily activities, and monitor the client’s care.
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Call us and create your home health care plan for your loved one.