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• Have Power of Attorney, Living Will, Life Estate Deed, Copies of loved one’s Health Insurance Cards and Photo Id, Healthy Proxy, DNR in several places and easily available on short notice and in emergencies. (I have a folder with all of the above right on Mom’s dining room table and in my car.)
• Have bottles of water in the house even if tap water is fine to drink.
• Keep ice cubes readily available.
• Meals should be doable, appealing, small and/or according to appetite and dietary needs.
• Have easy to get on disposable gloves on hand. I buy mine at CVS.
• Check phone log, daily, to see who has called. Block unwanted numbers. Elderly are susceptible to scams, I bought Panasonic phones that block numbers; bought them for my home as well. The phones can block up to 250 unwanted numbers and they say out loud who is calling.
-Panasonic KXTG7875S DECT 6.0 5-Handset High Quality Phone System with Answering Capability
• Review daily with loved one their meals, times they should be drinking their water and taking their meds.
• Use notes or post-its for daily reminders