Planning for Emergencies
Having an emergency plan is important, especially
when a substitute caregiver occasionally takes your place
in the home.
Post emergency phone numbers next to your telephone or in a conspicuous place
can be seen easily by anyone.
Numbers you may want to know and have on hand
- In addition to 911, the specific local numbers for emergencies (medical, fire, and police)
- Doctor's number (emergency and office number)
- Preferred hospital and hospital physician
- Home health agency (if one is currently making visits to the home)
- Poison center
- 24-hour number of the medical or oxygen supplier (if one is being used)
- The number where you, the caregiver, can be reached
*Remember, observe changes and signs of illness in the care receiver. These indicators
can help detect a medical problem. But if any doubts about health arise,
call the physician immediately. Do not put it off!