This week in our series, we will discuss Emergency Preparedness Plan: Medications. In last week’s post, we talked about your VIP Contacts and who to include. This week’s blog post will be short, but will include the key items needed on your medication list.
What To Document
There are a number of medication sheet templates on the internet and ones that you can purchase online. The important part of this exercise is just to keep a current list of medications. Things to include are:
- the last date you updated the sheet
- your primary pharmacy contact details
- any co-payment details
- the prescription number/RX#
- the medication name and dose
- the times a day to take the medication
- the refill date and/or the frequency of the refill
- any special instructions, like eat with food
- any supplements or vitamins that you are taking
Small Actions Steps
We continue the emergency preparedness plan series on the theme that you can do anything in small steps. Try to take 5 to 10 minutes this week to review your medications and the medications of those that you care for. Write them down on the medication sheet template provided below and keep it in a place it is easy to find.
The medication list is one of the most important things you are going to keep track of for your loved one. Medication errors are responsible for a large number of emergency room visits. Make sure to review your loved one’s medications monthly, especially if they change often. You can even take a photo of a piece of paper and store it on your phone on the MindLight App. This will allow you to make the list mobile and visible to share with everyone else that cares for your care recipient. Or you can print out the template we provide below and use that to store your medication details.
You can store your documents safe and securely within the Mindlight App and share them with family members or caregivers
The intent of this series is to educate and connect you with the resources and tools needed to help you feel confident in an emergency situation. Coming up next we will talk about some additional supplemental documentation that it makes sense to keep in a safe place.
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All emergency planning details are adapted from Emergency Preparedness Plan. MindLight CEO is a contributing author.
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