C.A.R.E. – Carry Always, Ready Easily
Think of all the info that you, the caregiver, keeps in your head. How often are you answering questions from doctors or insurance? How many things do you do for your Parkie that only you know how to do? What if something happened to you? If, G-d forbid, you were in an accident and either unconscious or just couldn’t get to your Parkie, what would happen? Make sure you are prepared for these possibilities with the C.A.R.E. List.
- List of all Medications that Patient currently takes
- Include Name of med, Dosage, Rx Number, Frequency and what it’s for
- Name and phone number of pharmacy
- Update Monthly or as prescriptions change
- Keep this in your wallet, purse or on a smart phone
- Names, Phone Numbers, What for
- Update as doctors change
- ICE (In Case of Emergency) Assistance
- Have list of backup caregivers should you be unable to get to Patient
- Include locals available in emergency
- Caregiver Medical ID Bracelet
- If you are injured or incapacitated, it is important for responders to know that your Patient needs help.
- List ICE contacts familiar with your Patient
- List “SPOUSE has Parkinson’s”
- On Smart Phone
- ICE list
- Apps I keep on my iPhone
- ICE Standard
- ICE 123
- Refrigerator List
- Make sure you post a sign on your fridge that lets first responders know there is a Patient needing assistance.
- DNR – if applicable
All Parkies should also keep info with them. Especially if they are doing things without you – like driving.