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Caring for Your Parents: Senior Emergency Kit

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The Home Instead® network's Senior Emergency KitSM can help ensure that family caregivers like you have fast and easy access to important information about loved ones in case of an emergency call.

This resource is designed to help family caregivers gather details about a senior's doctors, pharmacy and insurance company, medications and dosages, as well as allergies, power of attorney and other important information.

This toolkit will provide you with all the important information you need in a centrally located file so you are ready for a crisis, day or night.

Last revised: August 10, 2011

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  1. June 13, 2014 at 11:06 am | Posted by Barbara McCarthy

    I would like to have a copy of the emergency senior care book to show to my clients in the hospital. I am a hospital based Care Coordinator. Please let me know if there is a way to print it from the online version just send that information to my e-mail. Sincerely, Barb McCarthy


    • June 16, 2014 at 10:59 am | Posted by Cat Koehler

      Hi Barb! You can download and print the emergency kit at Cat Koehler Home Instead


  2. June 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Posted by Natalie Harper

    Please send me emergency senior care book.


    • June 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Posted by Eartha Vaughan

      Would like to have three of these to share with my daughters who help me with my husband who has Frontotemperal Dementia with Progressive Aphasia.


  3. April 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Posted by Ferdinand Liem

    I tried to register but it didn't accept applicant from Canada


    • May 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Posted by Flor

      Since my mother had a strkoe last March while I was in Florida. Unfortunately my sister didn’t take her to the hospital, so she suffered significant paralysis to her left side. I suspect she will never regain any real use of her limbs. Consequently, we have been engulfed in acclimating how to manage her healthcare as well as her need to be at home. She’s at the nursing home during the week and my sister and I share the weekend with her at home I live and work an hour away -ugh! We do fairly well, but I have had to learn to allow my sister to manage the decision for the most part even though I am the one working in healthcare. I found it helps to defer those responsibilities to her and just be the sister and daughter they both need me to be.We lost my father 8 years ago after two onsets of lung cancer. That caring situation didn't go very well. I took on more than fifty percent of his care even changed jobs at half the salary to be with him and I'm glad I did. I learned from that experience. I realized death will come, it's what we do during the journey that makes it hard or easier for us after they're gone.


      • July 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Posted by Arenita

        Caregiving is a feminist issue. The pelope called on first to be caregivers are daughters, daughters-in-law & granddaughters (the last one is unbelievable to me!). We're geared for caregiving as women, through nature & nurture, but more often than not we forget to look after ourselves while we're in the midst of our roles. It's a tough one, the struggle with guilt was the biggest for me & the women I work with. But we won't be good for anything if we burnout.BestEllen BessoMidLife Coach & Author of Surviving Eldercare : Where Their Needs End & Yours Begin


  4. October 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Posted by Pauline Roy

    Would need three of these. Heard about them on LIVE AT FIVE, Hfx and knew that this was what I needed for my elderly parents. And since I have had a life threatening diagnosis recently, I will get one for myself as well. This will make it easier to access my medical information along with my Medic Alert bracelet. Who ever 'thought' this up is a genius...thank you so much.


  5. October 7, 2011 at 8:04 am | Posted by Kay Heath

    I'm trying to find a way to have this kit sent to my parents' address, but am not finding it. They have no email access. Can you help? Will try to print this out in the meantime, but they will be more apt to use the kit if it isn't 'home' printed... Thank you and God Bless...


    • October 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Posted by Cat Koehler

      Kay - You can call the office near your parents and ask them to send the kit. You can locate the office by going to and entering their zip code. Cat Koehler Social Media Advocate Home Instead


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