A checklist for your ageing parents

A checklist for your ageing parents

If you have ageing parents, knowing some crucial information can be a matter of life and death when an emergency arises.

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Here are 6 SOS tips to have at your fingertips…

  1. Names of doctors: have these in your contacts. They’ll have full medical histories if you need them.
  2. List of allergies: this is especially important if one of your parents is allergic to a medication, such as penicillin, or has experienced side effects to certain medications in the past.
  3. Advance directives: any documents such as a living will can help your family make decisions about ongoing care and resuscitation efforts.
  4. Major medical problems: make sure you’re informed about their most recent check-up with regards to blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  5. List of medications: know what medication they are taking, so that you can inform an emergency physician.
  6. Medical aid details: make sure you know their scheme name, details of their plan and membership number.
Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.


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