During a time of family crisis you need a place to begin gathering information. Often, in times such as this, you don’t even know what it is you need. Below are some helpful links to local organizations that will help you get started in a time of crisis. You’re not alone – there are people and organizations out there ready and trained to help.
We’ve also included a link to our directory of providers, some information you’ll need when helping your loved one, and a checklist provided by AARP in their Prepare to Care – A planning guide for Families that will help you to organize your information.
This glossary can help you to decipher many of the terms that come with taking care of a senior loved one. Provided by the AARP – Prepare to Care – A planning guide for Families
Quick list of things that may be needed during a time of crisis:
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Living Will
- Do Not Resuscitate Order
- General or Financial Power of Attorney
- List of all medications
- Health insurance cards and numbers
- Wishes about Funeral, Burial
- Copy of Will
- List of important people, family, attorney, doctors, financial or other advisors, etc
- List of financial assets and other assets – location, form and value
- List of insurance policies, values and agent
- Information on retirement plans and contact person
- If past employer is still providing benefits, life and/or retirement funds, name of employer and contact person
- Birth certificate, marriage certificate, military discharge papers
- What do people need to know if you can’t let them know?