A Generation Xer's caregiving journey

Do you have your “Go Folder” ready?

I was on the phone with my grandmother and suddenly she said she felt ill. I asked her if she was OK. I was scared and I called 911.

She called back and told me she was ok, but the wheels where already in motion. The emergency services came and took her to the ER.

I asked a family member to drive me since the city was still in “Waterworld ” mode due to Hurricane Sandy.

While I was waiting, I immediately grabbed essential items in a special folder that pertained to her health and care.

1. Current Medications
2. Medical History
3. Timetable of events leading to admission
4. Current Primary Doctor contact information
5. Current Specialist contact information
6. Any information about diet

If you suddenly had to go to the emergency room, do you have a folder available to present to the emergency care providers? If so, what’s in it?

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