It's the midnight call that can strike terror in the hearts of so many local family caregivers.
"Mom has suffered a stroke" or "Dad accidentally overdosed on his medications."
A local senior care company has unveiled a new resource for those adult children who live in fear of getting "the call" that tells them their senior loved one is in trouble. Research conducted by the Boomer Project for the Home Instead Senior Care network has revealed that many grown children don't know all they should about their older adults' medical histories.
Home Instead Senior Care has worked with Humana Points of Caregiving to develop a variety of resources to help families be better prepared.
The Caring for Your Parents: Senior Emergency Kit, an information management tool, can help family caregivers keep important information at their fingertips, such as the senior's doctors, pharmacy and insurance company; medications and dosage details; as well as allergies.
"We've seen the turmoil that such an emergency creates and we've also witnessed how much smoother it can go when families are prepared," said Joe DeLauter, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Lewisburg. "This resource will provide family caregivers with the tools they need to be ready for the unexpected."
For more information, visit www.SeniorEmergencyKit.com or call the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 522-6533.